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||25 November 2002|
||Microsoft Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP and IBM OS/2.
||GUI, SSH, FTP, SSL, TLS, PKI, HTTP, SOCKS,
TAPI, LAT, SRP, COTS, Unicode, Kerberos, Secure Scriptable Telnet and FTP
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Export of the cryptographic version of Kermit 95 to most countries is
permitted as of 24 July 2002. See the Export Permission
section below for details.
Kermit 95: Internet and serial communications for
Microsoft Windows® 95, Windows 98, Windows
ME, Windows NT (4.0 and later), Windows 2000, and
Windows XP from the Kermit Project at Columbia
University, offers you text-based terminal connections to Unix, VMS, and many
other kinds of hosts, allowing you to interact directly with their shells and
applications, to transfer files, and, if desired, to automate interactions and
file transfers with its built-in platform- and transport-independent scripting
- VERSION 2.x RUNS IN A GUI WINDOW
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- Internet Virtual Terminal Connections: SSH, Telnet, Rlogin, SSL/TLS.
- Internet Security: SSH v1/v2, Kerberos 4/5, X.509 Certificates / PKI, and SRP
- Built-in secure, scriptable command-line FTP and HTTP Internet clients
- Active and Passive FTP modes.
- HTTP Proxy and SOCKS4 firewall traversal.
- SSH port forwarding (tunneling).
- X Windows session forwarding.
- Persistent connections through NATs.
- Modem and serial port connections.
- 40+ different terminal emulations.
- Kermit, FTP, XYZMODEM, and "ASCII" file-transfer protocols.
- An Internet-accessible service for remote access.
- International character-set translation including Unicode.
- Numeric and alphanumeric paging.
- Full scripting and automation of all the above.
- Easy graphical one-time setup of all your connections.
AND . . . Super-responsive technical support: we
stand behind our products and support them vigorously. We don't ignore your
e-mail; TRY IT and see
for yourself. CLICK HERE to see what users say
about our technical support.
What sets Kermit 95 apart from other Windows communications packages?
Its unique combination of security options, connection methods, protocols,
character-sets, customizability, and scriptability, plus the sheer number and
accuracy of its terminal emulations. And we don't only "do Windows" -- we
also provide compatible software for Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, AIX,
HP-UX, VMS, and lots of other platforms. Learn
the Kermit command and scripting language once, use it on many kinds of
connections and on many kinds of computers and operating systems:
past, present, and future.
How does K95 compare with other Windows-based SSH clients?
K95 has more features -- connection methods, security methods, emulations,
protocols, character sets, scripting -- than free ones such as PuTTY and
TeraTerm. It also has more features than many of the commercial ones such as
SecureCRT, SecureNetTerm, and SSHWinClient, yet costs less than most of them in
single quantity, and far less then all of them in higher quantities.
CLICK HERE for a comparison
Kermit 95 is used all over the world in the academic, government,
corporate, and nonprofit sectors. In academia,
K95 allows students, faculty, and staff to access central and departmental
text-based services and applications on Unix, VMS, IBM, and other platforms:
In the private sector, K95 is a favorite of consultants, system
integrators, and makers of high-tech equipment, who bundle it with their
products or services. In the health-care industry, it's widely used for
insurance claim submission as well as in hospital information systems and
laboratories; in the retail market, it's used for inventory, POS, and EDI
applications; in libraries for catalog access and back-office work; in any
large organization, it's a handy network monitoring and management tool. It's
popular internationally for its comprehensive character-set support. In every
sector, its security features make it ideal for remote maintenance of secure
websites and for any critical or sensitive text-based applications -- as well
as for such simple tasks as
reading your e-mail without
catching a virus.
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Kermit 95 is Year-2000 ready
and Euro compatible. It has two major components:
||The graphical Dialer configures and launches
all your connections (dialed or network, secure or clear-text, terminal or
FTP) by means of menus, buttons, and dialog boxes so you don't have to deal
with complicated initialization files, macro definitions, commands, or
"syntax" of any kind. The Dialer can configure as many different connections
as you want, and can manage multiple simultaneous active connections. For
added convenience, the Dialer can create desktop or Start-menu shortcuts for
your most frequently used connections.
THE CONNECTION ENGINE
||The actual work -- communications, file transfer, scripting, etc -- is
done by the K95.EXE program, similar to its cousins on
which is normally (but need not be) launched from the
Dialer pushbutton-style to make each of your connections automatically with
all the appropriate settings and desired customizations. The graphical Dialer
removes the need to interact directly with the command prompt in most cases.
Yet all the commands are there in case you need them . . . or if you want to
Beginning with Version 2.0, the connection engine comes in two forms:
Graphical User Interface (GUI) (Windows only, not OS/2) and
Console. Previous releases were available only in a Console version. For a
detailed description of the new GUI version, CLICK
HERE. Thus the Dialer configures, organizes, launches, and manages your
connections, and K95 does all the real work.
Internet: SSH v1/v2 (Windows only)
Internet: TELNET (incoming too)
Internet: Internet Kermit Serice
Modem dial-out and dial-in:
Direct serial connections
- Built-in modem database and dialing
- Microsoft Telephony (TAPI)
Telnet modem server dialing
DECnet and LAT:
TES32 (Windows only): (InterConnections Inc
TES32 required, which is no longer a product)
- In Windows 95/98/ME/NT/XP/2000,
PATHWORKS-32 7.0 or later is required.
- In OS/2, DEC PATHWORKS 2.0 or later (which is
no longer a product) is required.
NETBIOS (OS/2 only)
IBM OS/2 Named Pipes (OS/2 only)
IBM OS/2 Warp Server Redirected Communication
Ports (OS/2 only)
- SSH v1 and v2 connections (next item) as well as Secure Telnet and FTP connections using
Kerberos IV, Kerberos V, SRP, SSL/TLS, or public/private key-pair protocols
for authentication and encryption when the host is equipped with compatible
servers. (Export to certain countries restricted; SSH and Kerberos not
available for OS/2.) (CLICK HERE for a
survey of secure Telnet and FTP servers.) K95 2.1 is compatible with all the
latest OpenSSH, OpenSSL, Kerberos, and SRP libraries and interfaces, and
supports Telnet Forwarding of Authorized X Windows System session data over
- THE NEW SSH CLIENT
- Based on OpenSSH 3.0.2p1, K95's built-in SSH client (for Windows only,
not OS/2) supports SSH versions 1.3, 1.5, and 2.0 and with a full range of
authentication methods including password, public/private key pairs, Kerberos
4, Kerberos 5 GSSAPI, and SRP, as well as with external SSH agents. Like all
K95's other connection methods, it is fully scriptable. It supports all the
same terminal emulations and features as K95's Telnet, Rlogin, and modem
clients: character sets, key mapping, scrollback, mouse actions, etc, and is
fully integrated into the K95 Dialer as well as K95 itself. CLICK HERE to read about Kermit 95's new SSH client.
- THE NEW FTP AND HTTP CLIENTS
A highly functional FTP client
The HTTP 1.1 implemenation includes:
- Secure Kerberos 4/5, SSL, TLS, or SRP connections as well as
traditional non-secured ones.
- Automatic per-file text/binary mode switching.
- Recursive directory-tree uploads.
- Atomic file movement.
- Character-set conversion including to/from
- Flexible file selection (name, name list, name pattern, date, type, size,
- Update and recovery modes.
- Timestamp preservation when downloading.
- File collision options for downloading.
Both HTTP and FTP are fully scriptable, allowing (for example) automated
secure updating of (or from) remote Web or file archive sites.
- Secure HTTPS connections as well as non-secured HTTP ones.
- Support for both one-shot and persistent connections.
- Ability to establish proxies for firewall traversal.
- Access to header information such as timestamps.
- MODEM DIALING
- An intelligent phone-list that understands the difference between
international, long-distance, local, toll-free, and internal PBX calls,
and adjusts itself according to your location; that allows multiple phone
numbers for a single service; and that can be told how many times and how
frequently to redial if the connection is not made. North American
10-digit dialing is supported. Numeric and alphanumeric
- REMOTE ACCESS
- Kermit 95 allows remote text-mode or client/server access to your PC
in several different ways:
What's a Terminal??? Click here to find out.
- TERMINAL EMULATION
- Emulation of 40 different types of terminals including
Ann Arbor Ambassador (partial);
Data General DASHER D200, D210;
Data General DASHER D217 in native and Unix modes;
DEC VT100, VT102, VT220, VT320 with color extensions;
Hewlett Packard 2621A;
IBM HFT and AIXTERM;
QNX ANSI and QNX Console;
Siemens Nixdorf BA80 and 97801-5xx;
Televideo TVI910+, TVI925, TVI950;
Volker Craig VC404;
Wyse 30, 50, 60, 160, and 370.
Tektronix, Sixel, ReGIS, and other graphics emulations are not presently
CLICK HERE for a gallery of K95 terminal screens.
Terminal emulation features include:
- URL hot spots, automatically highlighted, ready for clicking
- VTxxx 80/132 column switching
- User-selectable screen dimensions by command, dialog, or dragging
- Fast screen updates even on encrypted connections
- Compatibility with speech and Braille devices
- Full color in ANSI, VT, and similar emulations
- User-customized colors
- Virtually unlimited scrollback with scrollbar or scrolling keys
- Fullscreen/windowed mode switching (maximize/restore in GUI)
- Copy/paste, print, searching, and bookmarks in the scrollback buffer
- Host-directed and local printing
- Fully customizable key maps per terminal type
- PCTERM, EMACS, Word Perfect, Russian, and Hebrew keyboard modes
- User- and host-configurable function keys
- Import/export MS-DOS Kermit key mapping files
- DEC LKxxx keyboard support
- Integrated mouse functions: copy/paste/transmit, cursor steering, URL
- Character-set conversion in both directions
- Unicode-based terminal sessions for
many languages at once, even in Win9x/ME.
- Compose Key for Latin-1 and Latin-2 characters
- Unicode Compose Key
- Ctrl/CapsLock and Esc/Grave swapper included (Windows 95/98/ME only)
- Versatile printer control, including bidirectional printers and built-in
- Pop-up context-sensitive help, debugging, much more
- A perfect VTTEST score.
- FILE TRANSFER
- In addition to its new built-in FTP and HTTP clients, Kermit 95 includes
the following file-transfer protocols and features for use within terminal
sessions over any of its connection methods -- serial or network, secure
- The fastest and most
advanced implementation of the Kermit protocol
Sliding windows, long packets, control-character unprefixing,
locking shifts, character-set translation, an update feature, recovery of
failed transfers from the point of failure,
automatic per-file text/binary mode switching,
recursive directory-tree transfer, timestamp preservation,
Kermit Streaming Protocol, and much more.
- Internet Kermit Server and Client
- Integrated X/Y/ZMODEM licensed from
Online Solutions Oy,
- Auto-download for both Kermit and Zmodem
- Autoupload for Kermit transfers
- Batch uploads and downloads including an update feature
- "ASCII" (non-protocol) file capture and upload
- Background as well as foreground file transfers
- Long filenames
- FILE MANAGEMENT
- Kermit 95's command screen is similar to a Windows Command Window,
allowing you to obtain directory listings; copy, rename, and delete files;
create and remove directories; search for text in files; display files on
the screen, and so forth, but with more commands and options than Windows,
a friendlier interface (file and keyword lists on demand, file and keyword
completion, built-in help) and full scriptability. The same file management
features are also available for managing remote files over a Kermit (or,
to some extent, an FTP) client/server connection, and many of them are tied
into the file transfer process itself; for example, providing the ability to
atomically "move" a file from one computer to another.
- INTERNET KERMIT SERVICE
- Internet Kermit Service (IKS) is an Internet file-transfer and management
client/server protocol similar to FTP but with more features, security, and
automatability. It is described in Internet RFCs
2840. Kermit 95 can act
as both an IKS client and (in Windows NT/2000/XP only) an IKS
server, allowing controlled and manageable remote access to your PC from the
Internet. For further information see the
Windows IKS User
Windows IKS Administrator
Guide, and the
Unix IKS User Guide,
Unix IKS Administrator
- K95's command and script language allows not only for the automation of
routine or complicated tasks, but also an unparalleled degree of
customizability so you can tailor it to fit into any setting. The same
intuitive and portable language is in
widespread use on hundreds of other platforms: Automatic programmed
interactions with other computers, services, or devices: wait for strings or
patterns (one or more simultaneously), respond with other strings; make
decisions based on the success or failure of any command, host input, or other
criteria. Macros, block structure, built-in and scoped user-defined variables
and arrays, associative arrays, string manipulation and arithmetic functions,
date-time arithmetic, user-defined functions, file manipulation and access,
IF-ELSE, FOR, WHILE, SWITCH, GOTO, and much more. You can even have Kermit
write scripts for you by watching and recording your interactions with the
host. CLICK HERE
for an introduction.
- CHARACTER SETS
- Character-set conversion during both terminal emulation and (a
unique feature of the Kermit protocol) file transfer: All major West
European, East European, Greek, Cyrillic, and Hebrew character sets are
supported, plus Unicode UCS-2 and UTF-8. And, for file transfer only,
also various Japanese Katakana and Kanji character sets (JIS, Shift-JIS, EUC).
CLICK HERE for a list and
HERE for some screen shots.
- DOCUMENTATION AND SUPPORT
- A user-friendly online manual manual plus (with shrinkwrapped retail
copies only) a comprehensive technical reference manual, also available
separately. Technical support
via telephone and e-mail plus a
patches, and updates,
available free of charge to registered users.
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Kermit 95 2.1 is available for Windows 95, 98, ME, NT 4.0,
2000, and XP on Intel and compatible PC platforms only, and for
IBM OS/2 3.0 and later.
The Windows NT PowerPC edition of K95 was frozen at version 1.1.16 after
Windows NT itself was discontinued for the PowerPC. The Alpha/NT edition was
frozen at version 1.1.20 after Alpha/NT was discontinued by Compaq and
Microsoft. The Windows NT 3.5x version is also frozen at 1.1.20. Kermit 95
is not available for Windows CE or Pocket PC.
Kermit 95 2.1 is available in the following ways:
- In a free downloadable full-featured TRIAL VERSION
- Electronically purchased and delivered
Academic discounts available for university affiliates.
- In single or small quantities as a shrinkwrapped retail package.
Shrinkwrapped copies of the new release will become available in late
December. You may PREORDER THEM NOW AT THE OLD
PRICE (the price will increase on 1 January 2003).
In the meantime, you can choose
electronically delivered copies from
e-academy.com or bulk or
site licenses (next items).
of 100 seats or more. All new bulk license orders will be filled
by the latest release, no upgrading required.
CLICK HERE for the Bulk Right-to-Copy License
Licenses, a new form of the bulk license that allows
mixing and matching of K95 with other Kermit programs such as
for commercial redistribution to customers or clients where a mixed-platform
solution is required. 100 seats minimum.
for the Omnibus License order form.
- Super-low-cost Academic Site
Licenses. All new academic site orders will be filled by the latest
release, no upgrading required.
CLICK HERE for the Academic Site License
- As a downloadable no-cost version upgrade (free of charge) to current
Kermit 95 owners, which may be applied to:
- Any shrinkwrapped or other single-seat retail copy of Kermit 95 (except
the PowerPC and Alpha versions, which have been discontinued);
- Any electronically delivered copy purchased from
- Any Bulk Right-to-Copy or Academic Site license in its first year;
- Any Bulk or Academic site license whose annual maintenance payments are
- Any lifetime academic site license.
CLICK HERE to
access the K95 2.1 upgrade.
- Export Permission
- Export of cryptographic software is restricted by United States of America
Export Administration Regulations. This is a matter of USA law, which governs
the New York based Kermit Project.
The United States Department of Commerce
Bureau of Industry and Security
(BIS), via CCATS # G025631 dated 07/16/2002, has granted to Kermit 95:
- Export Control Classification Number (ECCN):
5D002 (Telecommunications and Information Security - Software),
- Export License Exception ENC (Encryption Commodities and Software)
under Sections 740.17(A) and 740.17(B)(3) of the United States
Administration Regulations (EAR).
This allows export of the cryptographic version of Kermit 95 to all countries
except Cuba, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Libya, Sudan, and Syria. Of course the
non-cryptographic version can be exported to any country at all. (If you
disagree with the composition of the list of embargoed countries or any other
facet of US export law, please direct your comments to the appropriate
government or international bodies.)
You can order Kermit 95 direct from Columbia University (other
sources are listed below).
|The Kermit Project|
612 West 115th Street
New York NY 10025-7799
You may order shrinkwrapped copies in any quantity; the quantity discount
schedule is shown on the printed order form.
Retailers or resellers should order direct from the publisher
(next section) to obtain the reseller discount.
For larger quantities, consider the bulk and academic licenses, which
have a much lower per-unit cost.
Contact us if you have questions.
E-mail works best.
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- Discounted Electronic Ordering and Delivery:
- The publisher:
Manning Publications Co.
209 Bruce Park Avenue
Greenwich CT 06830 USA
Fax: +1 (203) 661 9018
Voice: +1 (203) 629 2078
- Major Web-based retailers:
Barnes & Noble
- Other North American retailers
- Include selected branches of
Computer Market Place,
CS Business Systems,
NDS, Softmart, Software Spectrum,
Software Connections, Sunbelt Computers.
- Serving the United Kingdom:
King Edward Avenue
Caerphilly CF83 1HE
Voice: +44 (0) 2920 887521
Fax: +44 (0) 2920 862209
- Serving Australia and New Zealand:
Corinthian Internet Services
PO Box 71
Artarmon, NSW 2064
Voice: +61 2 99064333
Fax: +61 2 99061556
- Also serving Australia:
On-Line Computing Pty Ltd
14-16 Rowland Street
Subiaco, WA 6008
Voice: +61 8 9381 3000
Fax: +61 8 9388 1746
- Serving Germany and Austria:
Email: G-F-I@T-Online.de (E-mail works best)
Web: (coming soon...)
- Serving Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Belarus,
Lithuania, Estonia, Bulgaria, and Slovakia:
CLICO Centrum Oprogramowania, Sp. z o.o.
Al. 3-go Maja 7
Voice: +48 12 6325166
Fax: +48 12 6323698
- Serving Israel:
ThinkCom Ltd. - Thinking of Communications Solutions.
P.O.B 1350 (29 Hauman Street)
Voice: +972 (2) 6788800
Fax: +972 (2) 6788500
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - Oren Yehezkely, General Manager
Web: http://www.ThinkCom.com/ (English)
If your software outlet does not carry Kermit 95, ask them to order it.
Stores may order the Kermit 95 shrink-wrapped package from the publisher,
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We continue to develop Kermit 95 actively to meet your needs. Lots of
changes and features are on tap for future releases. NOTE:
The features listed below are not in the current Kermit 95
Items under consideration for future releases include:
- Drag-and-drop or other graphical forms of file transfer
- More (and more convenient) "lockdown" features
- More and more and more graphical dialogs
- IPv6, IPsec, and other new standards
- Tektronix, Sixel, ReGIS, or other graphics terminal emulations
- VT3xx and/or Wyse soft character sets
- Handling of Unicode combining sequences
- Integration of Unicode into the command language
- Duospaced CJK terminal emulation
- IBM Mainframe 3270 terminal emulation
- IBM AS/400 5250 terminal emulation
- VT420, VT520, and DECterm emulation
- TVI 955 emulation
- X terminal emulation
- Windows CE / Pocket PC support
- Easier embedding in other Windows applications
Feel free to let us know your priorities and to send us additional suggestions
Frank da Cruz
The Kermit Project,
Member, Software Information Industry Association.
Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft
Windows NT is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. OS/2,
Warp, and Merlin are registered trademarks of International Business Machines
Corporation. Kerberos is a trademark of Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. SRP is a trademark of Stanford University.
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