Originally Posted by elmr007
yes, the first post was from xp pro machine to linux server then I got to thinking it would eliminate a lot of possibilities if I tried from the localhost. And yes I understand the root from remote logins, I was saying I was logged in as root on the server when trying to ssh or telnet via localhost. Not trying to telnet with root username and passwd.
when starting the telnet (from localhost or another computer) it should ask me for username but it never gets that far, simply states "unencrypted connection refused, Goodbye."
I understand your thought process but I think that you are mistaken. I think that you are adding complexity by using the root account. The target machine may refuse connections from the root account of another machine, before the username prompt is provided. That is because telnet and ssh know the name of the user account on the remote machine that is trying to connect. So they may be seeing a root account trying to connect and refuse. The part about the connection being unencrypted may or may not be part of the problem.
Of course you keep saying that you are using telnet but then sometimes you say you are using ssh. Which is it? They are not equivalent. You should be accurate when you are describing what you are doing.
Is the machine to which you are trying to connect running the sshd daemon?
Have you configured the ssh software? Here is some information on doing that. It doesn't matter that the reference below goes to the Gentoo project. Believe me. They have a lot of excellent documentation that applies to all distributions.