C-Kermit 8.0 Announcement

From: fdc@columbia.edu (Frank da Cruz)
Newsgroups: comp.protocols.kermit.announce
Subject: Announcing C-Kermit 8.0
Date: 19 Dec 2001 13:28:38 -0500
Organization: Columbia University

This is to announce version 8.0 of C-Kermit, the all-purpose, portable communications and automation tool for Unix and VMS.
C-Kermit can be:

That can:

and that includes a portable, cross-platform, easy-to-learn-and-use, transport-independent scripting language that allows automation of any communication task that can be done by hand (and many that can't).

Version 8.0 replaces Version 7.0 of Jan/Feb 2000, and adds the following major new features for Unix only:

And for all platforms:


The C-Kermit 8.0 web page, with links to everything you need.


More about the new built-in FTP client.

The new C-Kermit tutorial (oriented mainly to Unix).

The C-Kermit script library and script-writing tutorial, including lots of new examples for C-Kermit 8.0.

The C-Kermit license and disclaimer; same as C-Kermit 7.0, allows inclusion with Linux, FreeBSD, etc.

New terms and conditions for commercial redistribution.

A big table of prebuilt C-Kermit binaries, including (as of this moment) 245 for C-Kermit 8.0 and another 254 for earlier releases, spanning 10 major operating system families (Unix, VMS, VOS, AOS/VS, Aegis, Plan 9, ...) IF YOU CAN MAKE C-Kermit binaries that are not in the table (or not at 8.0 level), please send them in!

How to make and contribute C-Kermit binaries.

C-Kermit installation instructions for Unix. See, especially: http://www.columbia.edu/kermit/ckuins.html#x5.4 for the new makefile 'install' target.

Installation instructions for VMS.

One-touch install packages such as RPM are not available yet. This page discusses the issues involved in putting together a C-Kermit 8.0 install package.

Thorough documentation of all the new features of C-Kermit 8.0.

Columbia's Internet Kermit Service.
Special thanks to Jeff Altman of the Kermit Project for his truly remarkable -- and massive -- contributions to this release and to Max Evarts for installing and configuring literally dozens of operating systems on which it could be built and tested. And thanks to all the people who contributed code, patches, builds and/or Internet access to build / testing platforms, makefile targets, Beta test reports, information, encouragement, and in some cases material support throughout the development cycle, notably: Hewlett Packard Corporation, Compaq Corporation, IBM Corporation, Peter Eichhorn of Assyst GmbH in Germany, Peter Mauzey of Bell Labs, Gerry Belanger of Cognitronics Corporation, Sven Holmström of ABB Utilities AB in Sweden, Lucas Hart of Oregon State University, Nelson Beebe of the University of Utah; and to Dat Thuc Nguyen for suggesting and thoroughly testing many of the new scripting features. This list could go on (and on), but space is limited!

If you have any trouble downloading or using the new version, send email to kermit-support@columbia.edu..

Frank da Cruz
The Kermit Project
Columbia University
New York City

C-Kermit 8.0 Announcement / The Kermit Project / Columbia University / kermit@columbia.edu / 19 Dec 2001