Kermit 95 2.1, released October 2002, runs in a GUI (Graphical User Interface) window and includes a brand-new SSH v1/v2 client and an all-new secure, scriptable FTP client, as well as a Kerberos V Telnet client, all preconfigured for safe, secure connections to Columbia's secure Cunix servers. All Columbia students, faculty, and staff may download the new release from this page.
If you are upgrading from K95 1.1.20 or earlier, note that newer versions have a new directory layout, described HERE.
You can use Kermit 95 to access shell (text-based) accounts such as those on our Cunix servers for email (with Pine, MM, VMM), news reading and posting (with Trn, Tin, Slrn, Pine), text editing (with EMACS, Pico, VI, EDT, Xedit), programming (in C, C++, Java, Perl, LISP, Fortran, shell, Kermit, or other languages), typesetting (with TeX, LaTeX, Scribe, Troff), data analysis (with SAS, SPSS, Minitab, S-Plus, Stata), or any other text-based activity. You can also use Kermit 95 to access the text-based version of CLIO Plus: Columbia Libraries Information Online. Kermit 95 can access these resources via:
While accessing these hosts and services, K95 automatically highlights URLs so you can conveniently Ctrl-Click them to activate them in your Web browser.
Kermit 95 is a product of The Kermit Project, Academic Information Systems, Columbia University. Of course all students, faculty, and staff of Columbia University are licensed to use it. This web page allows you to download Kermit 95 to any computer on the Columbia network, including the Morningside Campus, the Health Sciences Campus, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Barnard College, and Teachers College.
For file transfer, Kermit 95 works in conjunction with C-Kermit, which is available on our Unix servers (Cunix) as "kermit", and should also be available on most departmental Unix and VMS systems (and if not, may be downloaded and installed). It also works in conjunction with IBM Mainframe Kermit on CUVMB and CUVMC, as well as with any other Kermit software that might (or can) be installed on departmental minis, PCs, etc. (More about this below.)
The Kermit 95 software you will be downloading is preregistered and preconfigured for Columbia University. The Dialing Directory contains the Columbia University dialup numbers, and various Columbia dialup and Telnet targets are included in the Dialer menu. You may use this software on campus, at home, or from a laptop while traveling. You may not furnish copies of it to people who are not students, faculty, or staff of Columbia, TC, or Barnard, nor may you place it on any server that is publicly accessible from outside Columbia, or redistribute in any other fashion.
For an overview of Kermit 95, see:
For an overview the Kermit Project, see:
For a tutorial on safe computing with Kermit 95, see:
Should you prefer to upgrade, you can CLICK HERE to obtain the upgrade. After you go through the export control pages, download the "USA and Canada" version, then run it to install the upgrade. It won't interfere with your current customizations or Kerberos configuration.
Running k95cu.exe starts the InstallShield procedure. Just follow its instructions:
Note that when you upgrade or remove an old version and install a new one, your Kerberos configuration is not disturbed. In case you want to refresh your Kerberos configuration, you can download the following files from Cunix, renaming as indicated:
/etc/krb.conf → C:\WINDOWS\KRB.CON
/etc/krb.realms → C:\WINDOWS\KRBREALM.CON
/etc/krb5.conf → C:\WINDOWS\KRB5.INI
If you previously had K95 1.1.20 or earlier installed, you'll need to migrate your customizations from the old single-user directory structure to the new Windows-style multiuser one by following the instructions HERE.
You can also find the supplements in your Kermit 95 DOCS subdirectory.
Using C-Kermit should be available in 102 Philosophy Hall and at any of the neighborhood book stores, such as Papyrus.
Kermit software is available from Kermit Project for a wide variety of other platforms too: Unix (already installed on our Cunix servers), VMS, DOS, PDP-11s, hundreds of others. All of these may be downloaded, including: