When comparing PuTTY vs st, the Slant community recommends PuTTY for most people. In the question“What is the best terminal emulator? ” PuTTY is ranked 2nd while st is ranked 5th.
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Pro De facto standard client for SSH, Telnet and Rlogin
Pro Source code available
Full source available. Compile and modify it yourself.
Pro Low memory usage
St is built to serve as a lightweight terminal emulator. It's very light and doesn't require many resources to run, making it able to run well on older and low-end machines.
Pro Extremely simple architecture
St consists of a single C file that takes seconds to recompile. This also makes it very easy to understand and customize.
Pro Support for fontconfig
There is full XFT (X Free Type interface library) and fallback font support through fontconfig in st. If your selected font is missing a certain glyph or symbol, but one of your other installed fonts has it, it will be shown.
Pro 24-bit "True Color" support
St supports color escape sequences for a full 16 million 24-bit color spectrum, instead of the typical 256 colors.
Pro Copyfree licensing
Copyfree licensing implies that the user has the freedom to copy, use, modify, and distribute what he/she possesses.
Con Tedious logging/tracing
Its tedious to set up logging and tracing (e.g. for serial connections).
Con Lacks features
It is JUST an SSH client. There are many other options with built in X-servers, Multitabbing etc.
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 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 Configuration requires recompiling
Though recompilation takes seconds, knowledge of C header files is required for customization.
Con No scrollback
The best way to perform scrollback is to use a multiplexer (such as tmux, screen, or dvtm) if you want scrollback and reverse-search support.
Con Imperfect fontconfig support for CJK characters
St doesn't seem to use CJK fonts provided by fontconfig while other programs use such fonts.