The client software I am using on the (cough) WinXP box is SSH Secure Shell V.3.2.9 Although I have also tried PuTTY. They generate keys in the form
---- BEGIN SSH2 PUBLIC KEY ----
Comment: "FRED'S Laptop [2048-bit rsa, Fred Bloggs@My-Laptop, Thu J\
an 05 2006 08:02:41]"
---- END SSH2 PUBLIC KEY ----
Is this the problem?
The SSH Secure Shell GUI software asks for us username before attempting the connection, so yes, I am connecting to fred@IP_Address. On connection the first thing it asks for is "Fred's password" It also has a command line version (ssh2.exe) and I have just tried doing ssh2 fred@ip_address and it does log in and ask me for fred's password.
With PuTTY I log into the IP address and it first asks me for a user (fred) and then password. However, at this point it has already said that the key fingerprint is xxxx,yyyy,xxxx etc... (which I think is the main one - not Fred's).
What to do next?