Kabouter is Dutch for gnome and also a tool to connect to a range of IP addresses via ssh. It uses gnome-terminal to manage the sessions which, for me, seems more natural than some of the other 3rd party SSH applications available.
Usage is simple:
[email protected]:~$ kabouter ampli 172.19.18.65 172.19.18.96
This creates a gnome-terminal session with 32 tabs connecting to the range of SSH enabled machines. This works very well when using it with SSH Multiplexing which then gives you a way to automate remote commands through SSH without needing secure key authentication and without having to authenticate each time you want to run a command.
How it works:
By changing the way you ssh to a machine, you can reuse your initial ssh connection to save time when connecting.
Edit your ~/.ssh/config file to have this:
ControlPath ~/.ssh/sockets/%[email protected]%h:%p
We avoid problems of reusing the default /tmp but storing our connections in their own directory.
Be sure to create the directory:
mkdir -m 700 -p ~/.ssh/sockets