Re: Learning UNIX

Subject: Re: Learning UNIX
From: Sandy Harris <sandy -at- storm -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 22:10:14 -0400

Tim Altom wrote:
> You might consider not loading Unix at all, but getting a free shell
> account. There are several sites that offer them. You telnet in (which is
> easy to do)

It may not matter for this application, but telnet (and FTP, and anything
else that uses only a password to control login) is quite insecure. Anyone
with a packet sniffer anywhere between you and the target machine can just
grab your password off the wire.

The standard solution is SSH, Secure SHell. It should be included with
any Linux distribution, but often isn't because US law treats cryptography
as a weapon and strictly controls its export. Download it from:
or There's a Windows version too.

> and the account is yours to command. You won't be able to do any
> admin stuff, but right now you should be learning the user commands, not the
> system ones.
> You can find several places that offer free accounts at
> My favorite is Grex at

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