Kermit 95 for OS/2

Affordable Communications Software for OS/2 3.0 and Later

. . . Certified by IBM

This page applies to Kermit 95 1.1.20. At this writing (4 June 2002) it has not yet been determined whether Kermit 95 1.1.21 or 2.0 will be released for OS/2.

Kermit 95 for OS/2, or "Kermit/2" for short, is the new, low-cost, high-power, full-function, 32-bit native-mode 32-bit communications software for OS/2 from Columbia University, home of the Kermit file transfer protocol and software. OS/2 3.0 or later is required (Kermit 95 itself works in OS/2 2.x, but the Dialer requires the Work Place Shell and therefore OS/2 3.0 or later). Take a look:

Kermit/2 1.1.11 was released 8 February 1997, and replaces OS/2 C-Kermit 5A(191) of April 1995. Version 1.1.20 was released 31 March 2000. For detailed specifications, licensing and ordering information, see:
The Kermit 95 Page
or go straight to:
The Kermit 95 Order Form
Kermit/2 comes with a full-GUI Presentation Manager Dialer to set up your connections, including a database of hundreds of BBSs, Internet sites, etc. Kermit/2 includes: All in a consistent package that operates uniformly over direct or dialed serial connections, TCP/IP Telnet or Rlogin connections, PATHWORKS, Named Pipes, or NETBIOS connections, and compatibly with Kermit software for DOS, Windows, UNIX, VMS, IBM Mainframes, and many other platforms.

Kermit 95 for OS/2 1.1.20 is miles ahead of the old OS/2 C-Kermit:

			    C-Kermit 5A(191)     Kermit/2 1.1.20

  Terminal emulations:             6                    38
  Built-in modem types:           28                    70
  Graphical dialer and database:  No                   Yes
  Browser interface:              No                   Yes
  Connection shortcuts:           No                   Yes
  Intelligent dialing:            No                   Yes
  Portable dialing directory:     No                   Yes
  Every key combo mappable:       No                   Yes
  Built-in per-terminal keymaps:  No                   Yes
  Built-in EMACS mode:            No                   Yes
  Integrated XYZMODEM protocol:   No                   Yes
  Auto-up/download:               No                   Yes
  Host mode:                      No                   Yes
  Rlogin client:                  No                   Yes
  Scrollback bookmark & search:   No                   Yes
  Block structure for scripts:    No                   Yes
  Internet security:              No                   Yes
And lots more, including significant improvements in just about every area. Terminal emulations include VT320/220/102/100/52; ANSI, SCOANSI, AT386, Avatar; QNX; AIX; Siemens Nixdorf; Wyse 30/50/60/370; Televideo 910/925/950; DG200/210/217; HP 2621 and HPTERM; Heath/Zenith 19; Hazeltine 1500; Volker Craig 404; Honeywell VIP.

More than five years of full-time development have gone into Kermit 95. It is not free software; it must be licensed. This is true for both the Windows and OS/2 versions.

The Kermit/2 package consists of:

Future releases of Kermit-95 for OS/2 and Win32 are on parallel but sometimes staggered development schedules. While our number-one priority is the production of a full-GUI version for Windows 95 and Windows NT, we are committed to releasing new versions for OS/2 with similar or equivalent functionality (emulations, scripting, keymapping, internet protocols, ...) whenever possible.

We have looked long and hard at the question of cross-platform development (Win32, OS/2, XWindows, Macintosh, BeOS). Unfortunately, the available tools for cross-platform graphical user interface development either do not support all the platform variations that we need or force us into such a primitive level of lowest-common-denominator programming that the resulting products would be unacceptable from both user-interface and performance points of view.

If sales of Kermit-95 for OS/2 are large enough to support its full-time development, we would love to spend the money on full-GUI, SOM-based versions. If not, we will continue to support this product as a console application with updates available to registered users.



Old releases of OS/2 C-Kermit can still be downloaded, but they are no longer supported. Version 5A(190) was the last release that came in a 16-bit version which could be used in OS/2 1.x.

Kermit 95 for OS/2 / Columbia University / / 4 June 2002