Cannot telnet to a Linux machine using ip address

I have tried connecting to Linux machine from my Windows machine via command line tool:

telnet xxx.xx.xx.xx

where xxx.xx.xx.xx is Linux machine's ip address

The error I get is:

Connecting To xxx.xx.xx.xx...Could not open connection to the host, on port 23:
Connect failed

What do I do?
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YZlatAsked:
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MaheshArchitectCommented:
Always use Putty tool to connect linux box
Telnet protocol is working on port no. 23
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MazdajaiCommented:
Is port 23 listening on the Linux machine? Is there firewall running on it?

netstat -ant

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YZlatAuthor Commented:
I got a large list when ran netstat -ant
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MazdajaiCommented:
netstat -ant |grep 23

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omarfaridCommented:
telnet is usually disabled. Try to use ssh rather, which is secure.

please see commands related to linux in the link below for enabling telnet.
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tmoore1962Commented:
I agree use putty but try ssh instead of telnet. See if that works.
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