PuTTY developer Simon Tatham has announced the release of version 0.61 of his cross-platform, open source Telnet and SSH client. The latest version comes more than four years after PuTTY 0.60: Tatham says that the project has received "quite a lot of email asking if PuTTY was still under development, and occasionally asking if we were even still alive. Well, we are, and it has been! Sorry about the long wait."
PuTTY 0.61 gains support for SSH-2 authentication using GSSAP, OpenSSH AES-encrypted private key files in PuTTYgen and the
firstname.lastname@example.org SSH-2 compression method. The latest release includes compatibility updates that add support for Windows 7's jump lists and new user interface features such as Aero resizing.
Other changes include crypto and flow control optimisations, and support for non-fixed-width fonts on Windows. Various issues affecting, among other things, OpenSSH private keys port forwarding corruption and crashing bugs when exiting the application have been fixed. GTK 2 support on Unix has also been added.
Further information about the update, including a full list of new features and bug fixes, can be found in the mailing list announcement and in the change log. Version 0.61 of PuTTY is available to download for Windows and Unix platform from the project's web site; documentation is provided. PuTTY source code and executables are distributed under the MIT licence.