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Kermit books and manuals have been published in English and
several other languages ever since 1987. Most of these are now out of print.
to see a Kermit bibliography.
, 2nd edition, is still recommended for serious users
(for Unix and VMS) and of Kermit 95
(for Microsoft Windows) (casual users can find
online tutorials HERE
). The book explains all the basics of Kermit's
operation and command language, including the syntax of the block structured
that was introduced with
C-Kermit 6.0 and is the form still used today. It's full of tables (notably
of 8-bit Roman, Cyrillic, and Hebrew character sets), tutorials (notably
serial data communications), and all sorts of reference material, plus an
Frank da Cruz and Christine M. Gianone, Using C-Kermit,
Second Edition, Digital
Press / Butterworth-Heinemann, Woburn, MA, 1997, 622 pages, ISBN
1-55558-164-1. In computer and book stores, from
For other sources, search here.
Also published in German.
The second edition is current for C-Kermit 6.0;
the new features of C-Kermit 7.0 are described in
the C-Kermit 7.0 Update Notes;
the new features of C-Kermit 8.0 are described in
the C-Kermit 8.0 Update Notes;
new features of C-Kermit 9.0 are described in
the C-Kermit 9.0 Update Notes.
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[ REVIEWS ]
from Amazon in softcover
New: Kindle E-Book Edition
Other Kermit Books
The other books are out of print but you can still find some of them at
MS-DOS Kermit from Amazon.com (REVIEWS).
(Kermit software for DOS - includes its own built-in TCP/IP stack)
Also published in French and German, plus a Japanese
volume about the NEC pc9801 version of MS-DOS Kermit.
Note: MS-DOS Kermit is for DOS and for Windows
3.11 and earlier. For Windows 95 and later (98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista,
Windows 7) the software is Kermit 95,
which comes with its own online manual.
Notes about the books
The English-language Kermit books were published by Digital Press, the
publishing house of Digital
(DEC). After DEC disappeared, the Digital Press
imprint passed to Butterworth-Heinemann and from there to Reed-Elsevier, or
simply Elsevier. The production quality is high, with thorough peer review,
copy editing, and professional design. Translations were published in
Germany and France, licensed from Digital Press to Verlag Heinz Heise and
Heinz Schiefer & cie. The English versions were typeset by
the authors using the Scribe
documentation preparation system
, a remarkable improvement over its
successors (as Mark
might say), and input using the EMACS
text editor (both before
and after it became GNU EMACS) on the DECSYSTEM-20 and later on various Unix
The Kermit 95 book was published in 1995 along with Kermit 95 itself, and
packaged in a big box with the software diskettes and a copy of
Using C-Kermit, first edition, total weight several pounds. The
cover of the Kermit 95 book is, well, horrible. Our sketch for a design was
given to a designer who evidently favored Hot Wheels and Dungeons and
Dragons. We were thinking more VW Beetle or Mini Cooper, exploring a
friendlier landscape, not the Mountains of Doom (after the first release
of K95, the manual was online only). Authors rarely get approval of book
covers, and worse, even of the titles. The title of the first Kermit book
should have been The Kermit File Transfer Protocol but the designer
changed it for, well, design reasons. By the way, the cover of that book
IBM PC/AT on the left, connected to a DEC VAX, which is
accessed by a DEC
Rainbow, which was DEC's answer to the IBM PC.
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