When comparing PuTTY vs SuperPuTTY, the Slant community recommends PuTTY for most people. In the question“What are the best SSH clients for Windows?” PuTTY is ranked 2nd while SuperPuTTY is ranked 6th.
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Pro De facto standard client for SSH, Telnet and Rlogin
PuTTY is one of the oldest and most popular clients. It has earned the trust of a great number of users over a long period by being reliable, offering useful features and helpful support. It got into the 15 Essential Open Source Tools for Windows Admins list by InfoWorld.
Pro Source code available
Full source available. Compile and modify it yourself.
Pro Lightweight and portable
Doesn't require much resources (memory and hard-disk). Can even be run on a system by just downloading without install.
Pro Can be used on any Windows computer, even without admin rights
Pro You can run tabbed sessions
Dynamic placement of tabs side-by-side vertically or horizontally (similar to IDEs like Eclipse/Visual Studio). This is an upgrade of the original PuTTY, which lacks this feature.
Pro Easy shortcut-driven navigation
By setting up certain shortcuts you can quickly bring up your sessions, select one by typing out the first letters, return-selecting it and cycle through your tabs.
Pro Customizable UI to allow for maximum net screen size up to fullscreen
Pro PuTTY configuration reachable and adjustable
Since it uses PuTTY underneath you can create and configure profiles/sessions there which you can reuse in SuperPuTTY and apply to connection in any fashion you like.
Pro Open source
Open source and hosted on Github.
Con Can not save passwords
Anyway, you can use "PuTTYgen" to generate a key pair, then use "Pageant" to do a password-less SSH remote login.
Con Lacks features
It is JUST an SSH client. There are many other options with built in X-servers, Multitabbing, etc.
Con Ugly design, too simple
Con Tedious logging/tracing
Its tedious to set up logging and tracing (e.g. for serial connections).
Con No global settings
If you want to change a setting for all your connections, you'd have to do it individually.
Con No login scripting
Con You still need to install PuTTY first
SuperPuTTY is a wrapper available for PuTTY, not a standalone program, therefore you need to have a PuTTY installation before you can use SuperPuTTY.