The Kermit 95 Academic Site License

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Academic Site Licenses are no longer offered effective 15 February 2003 for business reasons. From now on academic institutions must use the Bulk Right-to-Copy license, which requires copy counting. Current academic site license agreements are, of course, still valid. The remainder of this page is for historical reference only.

Kermit 95 2.1 for Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP:

is the newest product from the Kermit Project at Columbia University in New York City, which has brought quality communications software to the academic community since 1981:

Kermit 95 is the perfect Windows terminal emulator for any campus that has shell accounts or terminal-based administrative or library applications and is concerned about security. While some might think of shell accounts and terminal sessions as passé, they won't disappear any time soon -- and for good reasons: they are safer, more stable, and easier to support than high-maintenance and ever-changing desktop GUI-based platforms and applications:

The new K95 release runs in a GUI window, includes a new Secure Shell (SSH) v1/v2 client:

plus several other forms of security. It emulates 40 different types of terminals and transfers and manages files securely using Kermit, Zmodem, HTTP, and other protocols, now including an advanced, secure, scriptable FTP client:

Kermit 95 compares favorably with other SSH clients:

Its advantages in the academic sector include:


See how some other universities are using Kermit 95:

  New GUI Features - Fonts and Languages

Version 2.0 of K95 is the first release to run in a GUI window:

and therefore to allow font selection and Unicode terminal sessions, even in Windows 95/98/ME. See the website for sample screens, including terminal screens with many languages -- English, German, Spanish, French, Icelandic, Greek, Russian, Armenian, Georgian, ..., even Runes:

  Secure Host Access

Security features such as SSH, Kerberos, SSL/TLS, and SRP require strong cryptography, whose export is controlled by the US government. Effective 16 July 2002, we have permission from the US Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security to export the cryptographic version of Kermit 95 to all countries except Iraq, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, or Cuba.

Kermit 95 can make securely authenticated and encrypted terminal connections from Windows to Unix, VMS, or other hosts that support SSH v1, SSH v2, Kerberos 4, Kerberos 5, SSL, TLS, or SRP. It can also make FTP connections secured by Kerberos or SSL/TLS and it can make HTTP connections secured by SSL/TLS. (Of course K95 can also make clear-text serial port, modem, Telnet, Rlogin, LAT, FTP, and HTTP connections when the host or communication method does not support secure authentication and encryption.) Kermit's security methods are detailed here:

  Secure Remote Access

K95 2.1 can be installed as a service on Windows NT, 2000, and XP, allowing secure, authenticated, and logged remote text-mode access on the Internet for file transfer and management. For details, see:

Likewise, C-Kermit can be installed as a secure Internet file-transfer and management service on your Unix hosts:

with all the same features. Windows can be a client to Unix, and Unix can be a client to Windows.

  Secure File Transfer

On SSH, secure Telnet, or secure Rlogin connections, K95 can use its built-in Kermit or XYZMODEM file-transfer protocols within the encrypted terminal session for convenient and secure up- and downloading. (Ditto for clear-text Telnet, Rlogin, or LAT, as well as serial-port or dialup sessions, but in this case without encryption.)

As an SFTP replacement, the Kermit 95 SSH client and Unix C-Kermit server (installed as an SSH subsystem) give the same security and performance as SFTP/SFTPD but a great deal more options and features:

As an FTP client secured with Kerberos or SSL/TLS, as well as on regular clear-text connections, K95 offers an unequalled range of power and flexibility:


Kermit 95 not just a terminal emulator and file-transfer and management agent; it's a general-purpose communications tool with a programming language built in that you can use to update your Web and FTP sites; to monitor and manage your network; to log and report hostile probes on selected TCP ports; to troubleshoot your modem pool; to configure your hubs and routers; to automatically send numeric or alpha pages when faults are detected. The scripts you develop for K95 can also be used in Linux, BSD, Mac OS X, Solaris, AIX, and other forms of Unix, as well as VMS:

  The Academic Site License

An academic site license covering all students, faculty, and staff costs about what you would pay for a PC or two:

Typically just pennies per head, and no copy counting. It won't break the bank and proceeds go to keeping one of the last remaining university-based nonprofit software R&D projects going strong (21+ years and counting!), whose work includes not just writing software but also active participation in the standards process:

as well as in Kerberos, OpenSSL, and OpenSSH development, and public works such as the 1994 Brazil National Election and the Bosnia Relief Mission.

Academic site licensed versions can be custom configured "at the factory" for your campus security infrastructure, hosts, services, and preferences (e.g. Kerberos configuration, host keys and certificates, common connections predefined, custom key maps, colors, terminal emulations), allowing streamlined one-touch InstallShield setup by your users.

To download an evaluation copy of Kermit 95 2.1, visit:   or

To order an academic site license, use the order form:

For further information, please contact:

Christine M. Gianone, Business Manager
The Kermit Project - Columbia University
612 West 115th Street
New York NY   10025-7799

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The Kermit Project / Columbia University / / 16 February 2003