What is TelNet?

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robert2513

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Hi.

I am reading up on Linux and in a couple of the articles I have read, it mentions TelNet. What is TelNet? Is it like a remote desktop tool? How can it be used in Fedora to connect to a Windows PC and from a Windows PC to Fedora?

I am currently working with Fedora Core 3 and Windows XP Pro.

Thanks.
Robert2513
 
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well this is all that i know about it:
telnet lets u connect to a server and access stuff.
i dont know much about it - but for school for example i need to telnet to a unix server and then i can login and access my home directory for files that are on the server.
just google the term i guess and u can find out more... :)
 
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Telnet is a protocol that allows two computers to communicate with each other. Its also highly unsecure by todays standards. If you want to remote into a system securely the best method is with ssh, preferably ssh2
 

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Is it diffcult to setup ssh2 on a Linux or Windows computer? How might one do this?
 

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The rpm for SSH server should be on your Fedora Install disk.
 
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telnet is still a valuable tool on Linux and Windows for checking ports.

For example,
Code:
telnet 127.0.0.1 25
and you can check that your SMTP mail server is running properly.
 
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SSH can be used to connect to a Linux box from a Windows box.

If you wanted the opposite, wouldn't VNC be a better choice?

"VNC stands for Virtual Network Computing. It is remote control software which allows you to view and interact with one computer (the "server") using a simple program (the "viewer") on another computer anywhere on the Internet. The two computers don't even have to be the same type, so for example you can use VNC to view an office Linux machine on your Windows PC at home. VNC is freely and publicly available and is in widespread active use by millions throughout industry, academia and privately."

http://www.realvnc.com/what.html

I don't know the disadvantages of VNC though.
 
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Just to put the distinction out there, telnet & SSH are command line based, VNC is graphical.
 

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Fyzbo said:
Just to put the distinction out there, telnet & SSH are command line based, VNC is graphical.
You can run X forwarding over SSH.
 
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