I have Linux mint on my pc.
I have a public/private key pair to ssh into my router without having to type the password.
It works on Windows using putty, but Mint isn't when I run it from terminal.
ssh -i privkey.ppk firstname.lastname@example.org
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You need to convert keys generated by putty to a form that can be used by openssh.
There are several good answers explaining various ways of doing this at https://stackoverflow.com/questions/2224066/how-to-convert-ssh-keypairs-generated-using-puttygenwindows-into-key-pairs-use