Correct putty settings for use with SCO Openserver 5.0.7

After so long since it was it was in mainstream use I am still doing regular work for customers with SCO Openserver, gradually they are all coming off the platform, but while it is still in use it’s nice to have the best possible experience.

A lot of the time if I am in a rush I will just use the Windows telnet client to connect to SCO Servers but really putty is so much nicer and you only need to change a few settings to get great compatibility with SCO.

Improve general putty settings first

If you haven’t already taken the time to improve upon the general defaults in putty, you might as well do that now, makes it a much nicer client to use in my opinion:

Specific settings for using Putty as a Telnet client with SCO

Keyboard settings

Change your keyboard settings to:

Backspace Key sends Control-H
The Function keys and keypad set to SCO

Correct keyboard settings for using putty with SCO

Window Settings

Change the remote character set to ISO-8859-2: 1999 (Latin-4, North Europe).

Terminal Type

Set your TERM environment variable to xterm and you should have a decent looking display and emulation when using SCO.

SCOadmin with correct terminal settings


Personally I sometimes like to have a 132 column width display which you can easily do by setting the terminal type to ansi-w in SCO and then changing the number of columns in putty to match.

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