Using the PuTTY SSH Client on Nokia Series 60 Phones
by Berislav Kucan - Thursday, 1 April 2004.
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Screen Configuration: PuTTY offers options to toggle on/of full screen and to inverse screen. Besides these useful functions, users can setup font size. There are 6 font options for everyone's viewing pleasure (6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 pixel fonts).

After connecting to the server it is quite easy to navigate through PuTTY. On Nokia 6600, it's intended to use two menu buttons and the central joystick. The left menu button offers us the product's options and the joystick is used as an enter button. You'll need about a minute to get comfortable with PuTTY's GUI as it is pretty straightforward. With the use of a sub-menu accessed with a left button, you can send different inputs to the server - line, text, special characters (escape, pipe, backquote, enter ), special keys (Page Up and Down, Home, End, Insert and Delete), Control+ (Control + key combos), Alt+ (Alt + key combos) and F1-F10 buttons.

The screen and fonts look very nice and all together PuTTY creates a good command line experience for the mobile user.

Initial bug report

I've mentioned earlier that this is a beta 4 of version 1.3 of this product. As always, with beta releases we often encounter some problems. These are some of the bugs I've came across:
  • After setting your host and port in the Connection tab and restarting PuTTY, these settings are removed, making this portion of the configuration irrelevant (if in any strange case this was done with a purpose, it would be nice to have an option for saving some server/user information)
  • After disconnecting from a server, user cannot reconnect to the server or to any other server without restarting PuTTY (the connection bar shows an empty field)
  • Logging function didn't work for me. I've tried setting up a different log file in both Phone memory, as well as on the memory card, but without any luck.
Final thoughts

In a movie critic's manner I give two thumbs up to PuTTY for Series 60. I surely hope that all the bugs will soon be fixed and that a full release will soon hit the Internet. It was a time for a product like this and I surely hope someone will develop PuTTY for Windows Mobile 2003 in the near future.

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