If you are running Linux at home, then there is probably no need to stop your sessions when
you're finished working. However, if your session is accessible by others, then it is not
a bad idea to "log out" when you're done. Where "logging in" connects you to a session,
"logging out" disconnects you from that session. In most cases it is sufficient simply to
type in the word exit to end your session (exit is actually a command built-in to many shells).
It is also possible to exit a shell session by pressing
After you log out, the system typically sends a new login prompt to your terminal.
The details of this process can be found in the section on logging in .