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I am using a MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.5. I am new to this development environment, and previously worked on Windows.

Are there similar tools on Mac like PuTTY or xterm used on Linux/Windows (SSH client with more handy features than the command-line)?

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XTerm? An SSH client? That's a new one... –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams May 17 '10 at 6:24
    
Any recommendations for a good to use ssh client on Mac? I want to have a free one. :-) –  George2 May 17 '10 at 6:31
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Your mac should include ssh by default, start a terminal and type ssh on the command line. –  Nifle May 17 '10 at 7:19
    
Thanks Nifle, you normally use built-in terminal for ssh client (and you think the built-in terminal is good enough?), and no need to have any other ssh client for Mac? –  George2 May 17 '10 at 8:29

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I use iTerm on the Mac, as well as the standard Terminal app.

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I like iTerm because it respects the Home/End/PageUp/PageDown keys that function correctly in windows/linux. In Terminal, mac has a different meaning for what those keys do, and it annoys me. –  Mitch Dempsey May 17 '10 at 6:47
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@George2 - Yes, it is on sourceforge, and is totally free. –  Mitch Dempsey May 17 '10 at 6:57
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FYI, you can change the preferences in Terminal to emulate Windows/Linux Home/End keys etc. theandystratton.com/2009/… –  ghoppe May 17 '10 at 7:04
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That only partially works. It doesn't work inside vim inside screen. Trust me, I have tried for awhile and have been frustrated to no end. –  Mitch Dempsey May 17 '10 at 7:07
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The first comment on that page lists a vim-compatable solution. –  ghoppe May 17 '10 at 7:32

Terminal is built into the operating system. It's free and fulfills much the same purpose as xterm on Linux.

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You think terminal is better than iTerm? Why? –  George2 May 17 '10 at 7:49
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I don't think it's better. It's just always there. iTerm is a fine Application too. –  ghoppe May 17 '10 at 17:37
    
Thank you buddy! –  George2 May 18 '10 at 0:57

As of 10.5, Mac OS X ships with X11, as well as a few standard X applications (namely xterm, xman and xlogo).

You open an XTerm window by starting X (it's in /Applications/Utilities), and while it's active go to Applications/Terminal, or press cmd+n.

I have no experience with iTerm, but there are a few minor features not present in Apple's terminal, such as mouse support, which do happen to work in XTerm there.

Mac OS X also ships with OpenSSH, which can be started with ssh at the command line (from Terminal, iTerm, XTerm, whatever), which is pretty much the best SSH client.

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I don't know iTerm, but Terminal does have basic mouse support for copy-paste. –  Arjan May 20 '10 at 11:00
    
By mouse support, I mean applications having access to the mouse; using the scroll wheel in less, full mouse support in vim with :set mouse=a, &c. In terminal, you can also use the standard mac keyboard shortcuts to copy and paste (cmd-c, cmb-v). –  Jeffrey Aylesworth Jun 16 '10 at 1:02

iTerm2 is insanely superior to Terminal and iTerm.

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