Running telnet on a ubuntu desktop machine

Asked by Paul Simon

Will the telnetd service run on an ubuntu "desktop" machine?
What I want to do is to get a Windows machine to telnet onto my ubuntu desktop.

Many Thanks,

Many Thanks for answering my question.

I re-installed the telnet service using the info. provided in the link you sent me - however -

There's no Services item in the Adminitration menu on my ubuntu system - so I cannot enable Telnet?

I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx).

Thanks again.

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Sure it will, the only difference between desktop and server is the default kernel and the desktop has an X server + Desktop + Window manager. Under the hood is identical. So you can install a telnet service if you wish.

Telnet uses zero encryption so is NOT secure. I suggest you install openssh-server and use putty for remote access. It uses 128bit enryption and is very secure. With Telnet, all keypresses are sent in clear text and may be captured as they traverse the Internet (assuming you are using it over WWW). If you are only using it on LAN then Telnet is absolutely fine :)

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wojox (wojox) said :


You need to install telnet server package

sudo apt-get install telnetd

Then go into start-up manager and add telnetd and reboot.

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

May not be needed, I imagine the telnetd will be added automagically to the startup items but no harm in looking :)

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Paul Simon (psimon1) said :

Thanks very much to both of you for all your help - telnet is now working!