Re: And who is to say Linkedin doesn't run on Linux?
Don't turn a task like this into a Windows vs Linux/MacOS argument, just because they include a Telnet client in the OS by default. It's perfectly valid for Microsoft not to, given that only a small percentage of users would want one.
I was talking of the Microsoft-supplied telnet client, not a third-party one. You're right. For just about anything you want to do on Windows, don't rely on the shit that Microsoft supply. Wise words, indeed.
There have been two versions of Microsoft telnet client I've encountered, one black text on white, the other white text on black. Both had two serious shortcomings when used to connect to web servers for a quick HEAD request. One shortcoming was common to both, the other shortcoming differed.
As I recall, both handled the delete key incorrectly and sent a backspace rather than deleting the character from the send buffer (or maybe the output was unbuffered). Either way, you couldn't afford to make a typo because you couldn't correct it. Fail. Maybe using ctrl-H would have worked, I kept meaning to try but always forgot to because after the first fail I'd switch to a Linux machine if there were one around or find some other way (and swear to never use Windows for anything ever again, no matter how simple).
One of them didn't local echo. Which made typos (that you can't correct) very likely. Supposedly you could enable it somehow but I never got it to work. I'm willing to put the blame on me for being unable to get it to work but firmly blame Microsoft for not defaulting to local echo when connecting to a non-telnet port in the first place, like every non-Microsoft telnet client I've ever used does.
The other timed out before you could type the entire request (minimum of "HEAD resource," "HOST domain" and an extra carriage-return. Of course, you could type really fast, but rarely fast enough and then you had typos you could see but not correct.
Both were a pile of steaming shit. Yeah, you can say not many people need telnet, and even fewer need telnet to do quick HEAD tests on web servers, but every other telnet client I've ever used got it right. It's not like Microsoft didn't have examples to emulate (and code to rip off).
BTW, one of them (can't remember which, think it was white-on-black-no-local-echo) was included with Win 7, it was just well-hidden and you needed admin privs to make it unhide itself (as I recall, "super-installing" something that is already installed). Which may well also be the case with Win 10.
Don't try to defend the indifensible.