SSH via Your #iPad

An UbuntuLinux Server running Moodle…I’m accessing it via iSSH on my iPad 3rd gen

Earlier tonight, I found myself needing to connect to an UbuntuLinux server via openssh to help out a friend; they needed Moodle server setup help. Since I only had my iPad with me (who wants to carry a laptop anymore), I decided to see if I could connect using an app. I’d done this before with a free app but the experience hadn’t worked out perfectly. This time, I decided to invest in iSSH, an iPad app that allows for access via OpenSSH. If you’re not familiar with openssh, here’s a quick overview:

OpenSSH (OpenBSD Secure Shell) is a set of computer programs providing encrypted communication sessions over a computer network using the SSH protocol. It was created as an open source alternative to the proprietary Secure Shell software suite offered by SSH Communications Security. (Source: Wikipedia)

After some quick googling, I stumbled across ZingerSoft’s ISSH iPad app, which offered the opportunity to do just that. Some of the features:

  • Launch new connections or close existing ones from within the terminal
  • Optional split screen in portrait mode
  • Has the option to adjust the terminal size by fit or a standard number of columns
  • Assign any active connection to any split screen window
  • X Server/VNC mousepad widget has a user-adjustable location
  • X Server/VNC view has a “chromeless” option

Apparently, ISSH is pretty popular:

A full-featured SSH and Telnet emulator of VT100, VT102, VT220, ANSI, and xterm terminals integrated with a tunneled VNC client, RDP client and an X server.

As you can see from the screenshot above, it’s pretty easy to add a new server configuration…and, here’s what that screen looks like:

Great stuff…controlling an UbuntuLinux server from an iPad. It’s blasphemy!




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One thought on “SSH via Your #iPad

  1. Laura Gekeler January 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm Reply

    You left out the VPN with various vendor permutations some of which are not supported for the iPAD. (Thusly, even though you could SSH from your iPad "you can't get there from here" via VPN).

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