Serial Terminal Program Rundown for Linux
I figured I'd give a rundown of serial terminals I regularly use on Linux to access consoles on embedded boards through a serial port. I tend to favor both Putty (runs on Windows and Linux) and screen, but a couple others are listed here as well.
This is a GUI that's pretty feature rich. It can also be used for SSH and telnet.
sudo apt-get install putty
This will bring up the putty GUI an you can then select serial, enter the device path "/dev/ttyUSB0", and enter the baudrate.
This is a console based program that's not easy to use for the beginner, but it's very powerful.
sudo apt-get install screen
screen /dev/ttyUSB0 115200
This is a console based program that's tried and true, but not easy to use for the beginner.
sudo apt-get install minicom
sudo minicom -s
You can then follow the menu options to configure the serial port and get on your way.
sudo apt-get install picocom
picocom -b 115200 -r -l /dev/ttyUSB0
This is a GUI that's pretty bare bones.
sudo apt-get install cutecom
Now, you can use the GUI to configure and open the serial port device.
Have a program you prefer that's not listed? Put it in the comments.