Poderosa a tabbed Terminal Emulator (PuTTY Windows Alternative)

Even though, I rarely use Windows to connect to remote servers using SSH or Telnet protocols in some cases I’m forced to do that (in cases I’m away from my Linux notebook). I’m doing my best to keep away from logging anywhere via SSH using Windows as when using Windows you never know what kind of spyware, malware or Viruses is already on the system, not to mention Microsoft are sniffing a lot if not everything which is typed on the keyboard… Anyways, usually I use Putty as a quick way to access a remote SSH, however pitily PuTTY lacks an embedded functionality for Tabs and each new connection to a server I had to run a new instance of PuTTY. This is okay if you need to access a single server but in some cases where access to multple servers is necessery lacking the tab functionality and starting 10 times putty is really irritating and one forgets what kind of connection is present on which PuTTY instance.

Earlier on, I’ve blogged about the existence of PuTTY Connection Manager PuTTY add-on program which is a PuTTY wrapper which enables PuTTY to be used with Connection Tabs feature, however installing two programs is quite inconvenient, especially if you have to do this every few days (in case if travelling a lot).

Luckily there is another terminal emulator free program for Windows called PodeRoSA which natively supports a tabbed Secure Shell connections.
If you want to get some experience with it check out Poderosa’s website , here is also a screenshot of the program running few ssh encrypted connections in tabs on a Windows host.

Poderosa Windows ssh / telnet tabs terminal emulator screenshot
Another good reason that one might consider using Poderosa instead of PuTTY is the Apache License under which Poderosa is developed. Currently the Apache License is compatible with GPL free software license which makes the program fully free software. The PuTTY license is under BSD and MIT and some other weird custom license not 100% compatible with GPL and hence PuTTY can be considered less free software in terms of freedom.

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3 Responses to “Poderosa a tabbed Terminal Emulator (PuTTY Windows Alternative)”

  1. Vic Mortelmans says:
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    Hi,
    I’ve got another suggestion for tabbed terminal windows: install “Shell in a box” on your servers, and use a tabbed webbrowser for accessing your servers! No client software needed.
    Regards,
    Vic

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      Hi Vic,

      Thx for suggestion, this is a good hack, I’ve not thought about 😉
      I personally prefer not to use the browser I don’t trust neither Firefox, nor Chrome Opera not to mention IE.

      Anyways your suggestion is great especially if I consider that on many Windows PCs there is no access to run neither Putty nor Poderosa or some equivallent.

      Wish you best and see you around.
      Georgi

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  2. Jacinto Sookoo says:
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