How to setup a Dumb Terminal using an Upstart script
Dumb Terminals can still be quite useful for some tasks.
Create a the file /etc/event.d/ttyS0 (Replace ttyS0 with whatever port you are connecting the dumb terminal to)
Paste this script into the file. Alter as required for your configuration.
# ttyS0 - getty # # This service maintains a getty on ttyS0 from the point the system is # started until it is shut down again. start on runlevel 2 start on runlevel 3 start on runlevel 4 start on runlevel 5 start on stopped ttyS0 #restarts the terminal if it is exited or crashes stop on shutdown respawn exec /sbin/getty 19200 ttyS0 vt100 #change the communication speed, port number and protocol #for your configuration.
One thing to note, if you turn on the terminal after the host computer boots up, it will take up to a minute for the login prompt to be displayed on the terminal, but it will show up.