Kermit 95 (K-95 for short) is a full-featured,
fully native, 32-bit communications software package for Microsoft
Windows® 95 (and yes, also Windows NT 3.51) from the Kermit Project at
Columbia University for both serial and network communication:
Current version: 1.1.2
- Modem dial-out and dial-in
- Direct serial connections
- Internet: TCP/IP TELNET (incoming too!)
- Internet: TCP/IP RLOGIN
- DECnet: Meridian Technologies SuperLAT
Release date: 18 December 1995
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COMING SOON: HOST MODE -- A Telnet server for Windows 95 ???
Unlike other Kermit software, K-95 is not "free". It is not available for
downloading; it cannot be freely shared and given away. Instead, it must be
purchased and licensed. It is quite inexpensive. It is available
in software retail chains and directly from Columbia University. Aggressive
quantity- and site-based licensing terms are available from Columbia,
including quantity discounts, low-cost academic site licenses, and bulk
. . . for details on terms, licensing, pricing, and ordering information.
Why isn't it free? --
- The Kermit Project operates entirely on the income it generates.
- Because of the rapid growth and commercialization of the Internet and
proliferation of "free software" CDROMs made from Internet ftp sites,
Kermit software is in wider use than ever before, but nobody is
ordering it from us. Thus our income is down while our
tech-support workload is up.
- We could not have brought this software to you without making a
The status of other Kermit software (MS-DOS, UNIX, VMS, IBM Mainframe, etc)
remains as it always has been.
K-95 comes with a graphical Dialer (menus, buttons,
dialog boxes, notebooks, and all) to configure and launch
all your connections without complicated initialization files, macro
definitions, or commands of any kind. The Kermit engine itself (K95.EXE) is
launched from the Dialer pushbutton-style to make each of your connections
automatically with all the appropriate settings.
K95.EXE has a console-mode command-line interface, similar to its cousins on
UNIX, MS-DOS, and OS/2 (more about this in the Kermit 95
FAQ). The graphical Dialer, however, removes the need to
interact directly with the command prompt in most cases. Yet all the commands
are there in case you need them, which will be a comfort for Kermit veterans.
Kermit 95 is a multithreaded, fully native, 32-bit, protected-mode,
preemptive multitasking 100% Windows 95 serial and network
communication software application that is easy on your CPU.
- Uniform operation over dialed, direct
serial, TCP/IP Telnet and Rlogin (via 32-bit Microsoft, FTP Software, or
Trumpet Winsock), and Meridian Technology SuperLAT DECnet connections.
- A directory PRELOADED with hundreds of dialup and network
- Commercial networks and data services like CompuServe, Delphi, and Genie
- Public data networks like SprintNet and TYMNET
- Internet service providers by dialup
- Internet resources via TELNET
- BBSs and much more
VT320, VT220, VT102, VT100, VT52, ANSI, and TTY terminal emulation with:
- Amazingly fast screen updates
- Full color selection
- Virtually unlimited and instantaneous screen rollback
- Flexible key mapping
- Full support for all VT100/200/300 keys
- Integrated mouse functions: copy-and-paste, cursor steering
- Screen height and width selection
- Character-set conversion
- Versatile printer control
- Pop-up context-sensitive help, debugging, much more
- Kermit as well as X/Y/ZMODEM file transfer:
- 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,
automatic file transfer initiation, and much more.
- Integrated X/Y/ZMODEM licensed from
Online Solutions Oy,
- Auto-download for both Kermit and Zmodem
- Uploads as well as downloads even on Telnet connections
- Batch uploads and downloads including an update feature
- Windows 95 long filenames
- Windows NT (NTFS) long filenames
- Background as well as foreground file transfers
- Management of multiple sessions through the graphical Dialer.
- 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.
- Script programming using the same portable
Kermit script language that is already in widespread use on hundreds of
other platforms. When used in combination with the Windows 95 System
Agent, this allows for automatically scheduled unattended communications
- A brand-new user manual plus a technical reference manual.
- A tech-support via telephone, e-mail, BBS, as well as a public newsgroup,
Kermit 95 is aggressively supported with
information bulletins, and so on, available free of
charge to registered users.
Shipping commenced on
October 23rd, 1995. Single copy price: $54.00 US.
CLICK HERE for the order form.
Academic site licenses,
quantity discounts, and
bulk right-to-copy licensing terms are available.
CLICK HERE for details.
The shrink-wrapped package,
published by Manning Publications of Greenwich
CT, includes the software and manuals plus a discount upgrade for
the next planned version.
You can order Kermit 95 direct from Columbia University:
The Kermit Project
612 West 115th Street
New York NY 10025-7799 USA
Fax: +1 (212) 662 6442 or +1 (212) 663 8202
Voice: +1 (212) 854 3703
Web: Order form
The package is available now in
Micro Center stores in Cambridge MA (727 Memorial Drive)
and Fairfax VA (3089 Nutley Street),
and will be available in other computer software stores soon, probably
CompUSA first, others to follow. If your
software outlet does not carry it, ask them to order it. Stores may order the
Kermit 95 shrink-wrapped package from the distributor:
Micro Central Inc.
PO Box 1009
8998 Route 18 North
Old Bridge NJ 08857
Fax: +1 (908) 360-0303
Voice: +1 (908) 360-0300
or from the publisher:
3 Lewis Street
Greenwich CT 06830 USA
Fax: +1 (203) 661 9018
Voice: +1 (203) 629 2078
We plan to develop this product actively to meet your needs. Numerous changes
and features are on tap for future releases; our priorities will be driven by
the success of this product and preferences of its users. By popular demand,
fullscale conversion from a hybrid GUI/console-mode to a 100% GUI application
is already underway. Other items under consideration include:
- Tektronix graphics terminal emulation
- IBM Mainframe 3270 terminal emulation
- IBM AS/400 5250 terminal emulation
- PCTERM and other emulations
- Host mode
- RIP scripts, "doorway mode", etc, for BBS's
- Kerberos authentication
- SOCKS and other firewall support
- LK450 keyboard support
- TES support
- Better font/language support
- Japanese/Chinese/Korean terminal emulation
- Localization of user interface
- ALA character-set support
- A character-set-aware form of HTML viewing
- Learned scripts
- Search, triggers, bookmarks, etc, in Terminal window
- HLLAPI screen scraping
- SLIP/PPP dialing
- A built-in FTP client and maybe server too
- Chat, talk, etc.
Frank da Cruz and Christine Gianone
The Kermit Project
Member, Software Publishers Association.
Counter (since 9 Sep 95):
Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
Windows NT is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
Kermit for Windows 95 / Columbia University / email@example.com / 28 Jan 96