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Linux Terminal and Basic Usage


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In this module you will:

  • Be introduced to PuTTY.
  • Communicate with the board through SSH.
  • Be introduced to basic Linux commands.
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For this Getting Started Guide:

  • Development computer with Windows 10 Pro / Enterprise / Education.
  • Successfully completed the previous lesson from this guide.

For this lesson:

  • Make sure the host computer and target device are connected to the same network.
  • Have your board's IP address, as seen on the last lesson.

Note: Carefully read this module's cover page clicking on "Module 1: Unboxing and Bring-up" on the left menu bar before starting this lesson.

Step 1

Turn your board back on. Don't worry about the prompt that appears on the monitor connected to your board, for now.

On your Windows machine, head to PuTTY's website, download and install the client.

Step 2

Open PuTTY and insert your board's IP address at "Host Name (or IP address)" field. Leave the port configured as 22, which is the default port for the SSH server running on the board, and the other entries as is. Click "Open" and accept the next dialog.

  • PuTTY Configuration Window

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Step 3

The default login information is user: torizon and password: torizon, the login prompt should look like this:

login as: torizon
torizon@<board_ip>'s password:

Note: as you type the password, there is no visual feedback. In other words, as you type the password, no asterisks or any other characters will be printed.

The success of this step depends on your router keeping the board IP address the same as the one you have retrieved in the previous lesson. Most IP addresses are assigned using DHCP, which means the board IP address can be changed over time without notice. If you suspect the board IP is incorrect, refer to the FAQ in the end of this lesson.

Step 4

If you are new to Linux commands, read the basic Linux commands article.


I don't have my board's IP address. How can I get it?
Are there any alternatives to PuTTY?