most modern linux's i know of disable telnet by default since it is insecure (your username and passwords are passed around in plain text) however you can turn it back on, even tho it's a bad idea.
i would however recommend trying ssh instead. Putty is a windows client for ssh so that you can log into your linux box and ssh is secure and offers many improvements over telnet.
good luck to you
Last edited by grym; 07-19-2003 at 03:20 AM.