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Subject: RFC 2839 on Internet Kermit Service
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Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 17:21:14 -0700
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        RFC 2839

        Title:	    Internet Kermit Service
        Author(s):  F. da Cruz, J. Altman
        Status:     Informational
	Date:       May 2000
        Pages:      20
        Characters: 42775
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:  None

        I-D Tag:    draft-columbia-kermit-service-03.txt


This document describes a new file transfer service for the Internet
based on Telnet Protocol for option negotiation and Kermit Protocol
for file transfer and management.  The Internet Kermit Service
provides access to both authenticated and anonymous users.  The use of
Kermit protocol over a Telnet connection provides several advantages
over FTP, including easy traversal of firewalls, transfers over
multiple transports, and security via a combination of supported
Telnet authentication and encryption option negotiations, plus
significant functional benefits.  While this document describes a new
service for the Internet, the clients for this service already exist
on most platforms in the form of Telnet clients that support the
Kermit file transfer protocol.  These clients are available not only
from Columbia University's Kermit Project but also numerous third

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