Announce: Kermit 95 2.0 Windows-to-BSD client

Announce: Kermit 95 2.0 Windows-to-BSD client

Post by Frank da Cr » Sun, 23 Jun 2002 04:27:22



This is to announce Kermit 95 2.0: network and serial communications
for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP:

  http://www.columbia.edu/kermit/k95.html

for making connections from Windows to *BSD and other platforms,
featuring:

 . 40 different terminal emulations, including Linux Console
   (similar if not identical to FreeBSD cons25);
 . Consistent operation on TCP/IP, serial-port, and modem connections;
 . SSH v1/v2 terminal sessions and port forwarding;
 . Kerberos 4/5, SSL/TLS (PKI), and SRP security;
 . Secure as well as clear-text Telnet, Rlogin, FTP, and HTTP clients;
 . URL hot spots in the Terminal session -- click and visit;
 . Kermit and XYZMODEM protocols for in-session file transfer;
 . Extensive automation capabilities through its built-in script language,
   which is compatible with that of C-Kermit on FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD,
   Linux, and other Unix platforms;
 . Conversion among many character sets -- corporate, national, and
   international, including Unicode;
 . RFC 2217 Telnet Com Port Control for dialing remote modems;
 . Numeric and alpha (TAP/IXO) paging.

Version 2.0 of K95 is the first version to run in a GUI window, and
therefore allows font selection, Unicode terminal sessions, resizing with
the mouse, and so on.  See the website for sample screens, including
terminal screens with many languages:

  http://www.columbia.edu/kermit/k95gui.htm

K95 2.0 compares as follows with other SSH clients:

  http://www.columbia.edu/kermit/winsshclients.html

Kermit 95 is appropriate for people who need:

 . Its particular terminal emulations (Linux, SCO, Wyse, DEC, HP, ANSI, ...);

 . A high degree of customizability;

 . High-performing in-band and/or secure file transfer;

 . Key maps and procedures that are consistent across Com-port,
   modem, SSH, Telnet, Rlogin, and other kinds of connections.

 . The ability to write automated communications procedures, possibly
   involving file transfer, especially when they need to be portable
   across communication methods, protocols, and/or OS/hardware platforms;

 . Character-set conversion across the communication connection;

 . Responsive technical support.

And for:

 . Universities and government agencies that require secure clients
   (government discounts and low-cost academic site licenses available);

 . Systems integrators and consultants who wish to provide canned
   communications procedures to their customers;

 . Insurance claims clearinghouses that need a reliable tool for
   their clients to submit claims over a variety of transports.

 . Secure website maintenance from offsite (via authenticated
   FTP or HTTP).

 . A variety of network management functions, including automated dialogs
   with routers, hubs, and terminal servers, as well as automated testing
   of modem pools and paging of network staff.

The built-in FTP client, aside from allowing secure connections and being
fully scriptable, includes a horde of features lacking from most others:

  http://www.columbia.edu/kermit/ftpclient.html

In Windows NT, 2000, and XP, K95 2.0 can be installed as an RFC-2839/2840
service on your PC allowing secure, authenticated remote text-mode access
on the Internet for file transfer and management.  For details, see:

  http://www.columbia.edu/kermit/wiksd.html

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

  http://www.columbia.edu/kermit/skermit.html

Kermit 95 is a product of the Kermit Project at Columbia University, one
of the few 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:

  http://www.columbia.edu/kermit/standards.html

To try K95 2.0, simply download a full-featured 21-day trial version by
following the DOWNLOAD link on the website.  Pricing and licensing terms
are here:

  http://www.columbia.edu/kermit/k95pricing.html



Frank da Cruz
The Kermit Project
Columbia University
612 West 115th Street
New York NY  10025-7799
USA
http://www.columbia.edu/kermit/