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ITWorld: Communicate with your Linux box using your Palm Pilot as a terminal

May 13, 2001, 20:01 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

If you've managed to hard-lock your machine's X server, and you're caught without a way to use telnet or ssh to get back in and set things right, there's always your trusty Palm.

Fortunately, I anticipated such an event and left myself one more option. I set up Linux so that I could access it using my Palm Pilot as a VT100 terminal connected to the serial port. I logged in via the Palm Pilot, loaded the USB driver and modules for my keyboard, and was back in business in a wink.

There are other ways a Palm Pilot terminal can help you work or get you out of a jam. I imagine it could really come in handy as a debugging tool, especially if you're building a full-screen graphical application. You can redirect various types of error or debugging messages to your Palm terminal while you develop your application. Your Palm instantly takes on the role of a second monitor."

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