Columbia University Kermit 95 Site-License Download
This page last updated:
Fri Jan 24 15:53:35 2003
Kermit 95 2.1.3, released January 2003, 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.
Kermit 95 is Columbia University's
own secure communications software for Microsoft
on Intel and compatible PC platforms, supporting both serial connections
(dialed or direct) and network connections (SSH, Telnet, FTP, and Rlogin), and
offering terminal emulation, file transfer, and international character-set
translation, plus the ability to automate any procedures that can be done by
hand using its built-in scripting language, which is compatible with that of
C-Kermit and MS-DOS
Kermit. The major new features of version 2.0 are its
SSH client, and
Version 2.1.3 is a minor update that features some improvements in screen
resizing and the built-in FTP client.
You can use Kermit 95 to access shell (text-based) accounts such as
those on our Cunix
servers for email (with
reading and posting
text editing (with
VI, EDT, Xedit),
programming (in C, C++, Java, Perl, LISP, Fortran, shell,
Kermit, or other languages),
Scribe, Troff), data analysis (with
or any other text-based activity. You can also use Kermit
95 to access the text-based version of
Plus: Columbia Libraries Information Online. Kermit 95 can access these
and other resources via:
- SSH, Telnet, or Rlogin from your dorm room or office to the Cunix or
- Ditto from outside, but over a Dialup Networking or DSL connection.
- Dialing into the
pool from outside.
- Dialing out to external text-based shell accounts, services, or BBSs.
- Terminal-server login to the central IBM mainframes.
While accessing these hosts and services, K95 automatically highlights
URLs so you can conveniently Ctrl-Click them to activate them in your Web
Kermit 95 is a product of
The Kermit Project,
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
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
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 a Kermit 95 tutorial, see:
For a discussion of safe computing, see:
If you already have version 2.1, you can upgrade it to 2.1.3 as explained in
this section. If you have an earlier version (or don't have K95 at all) we
recommend that you install the whole package (next section) in order to get
the new Columbia-specific security certificates and host keys, which are not
included in the general-purpose non-Columbia-specific upgrade package. The
sizes and procedures are about the same in either case.
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.
To install K95 2.1.3 as a new application:
- Click the button . . .
to download the K95 2.1.3 install package (approximately 11MB). Specify any
existing temporary directory on your hard disk (e.g. C:\TMP) as the
- Close all your applications.
- Uninstall your current Kermit 95 version:
My Computer → Control Panel → Add or Remove Programs →
Kermit 95 x.x → Remove.
Note that removing your previous K95 version does not remove your
- Restart your PC. This is necessary if you have used Kermit 95
since the last time you started Windows.
- Execute the install package (k95cu.exe).
You can run it in any of the normal ways:
- Your browser might give you an option to run it in its download dialog; or:
- Double-click on its desktop icon; or:
- Choose Run in the Start menu; or:
- Enter a Command window, CD to the temporary directory, and type "k95cu".
Running k95cu.exe starts the InstallShield procedure. Just follow
- If you choose Typical rather than Custom, you get the "typical"
Columbia University installation, which includes Kerberos security.
- We recommend you do install Leash (the MIT GUI tool for managing
Kerberos tickets) on your desktop.
- We recommend you do install the Everson Mono Terminal font if
you have Windows 2000 or XP and you need to view text in many languages;
we recommend you do not install it if you have Windows 95, 98, ME,
or NT, since it requires the rasterization capabilities of the newer Windows
versions to have an acceptable appearance.
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
Kermit 95 is updated periodically to fix bugs and add features.
Watch the Kermit newsgroup:
for announcements, or check the Kermit 95 web page periodically:
Kermit 95 documentation consists of:
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 95 presently does not provide direct full-screen (3270) access to IBM
mainframes such as CUVMB, the academic VM/CMS system. You can use Kermit 95
to access CUVMB via:
3270 emulation will be added to Kermit 95 in a future release.
The Kermit 95 CU download is only for Microsoft Windows. If you need the
OS/2 version, send us e-mail.
- The Columbia modem pool dialup numbers, and then "tn3270 cuvmb".
- Via "tn3270 cuvmb" from any Unix system on the Columbia network.
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:
Send email to:
- C-Kermit for
Unix (Linux, Mac OS X, etc), VMS, QNX, AOS/VS, VOS, OS-9, Plan 9, etc.
- MS-DOS Kermit
for DOS and Windows 3.x (but not Windows 9x/ME/XP/NT/2000 or OS/2).
- IBM Mainframe
Kermit for VM/CMS, MVS/TSO, and CICS (already installed on CUVMB).
- PDP-11 Kermit for
assorted PDP-11 operating systems.
Kermit 95 Site License / Columbia University /
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