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Kermit Software - Licensing
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Kermit Software Is Open Source

For decades, Kermit software has had a license that permitted widespread distribution and cooperative development, but with conditions that assured that Columbia University would receive adequate revenue from the software to fund the Kermit Project year to year. Now that the Kermit Project has been canceled by the University, however, Kermit software has been converted to Open Source. As of 20 July 2011: CLICK HERE to view current status.

Previous Licenses


Kermit 95, for Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, and XP, and for OS/2, is commercial software; it must be purchased and licensed.

Most other Kermit software, including MS-DOS Kermit and C-Kermit, has special terms that allow it to be obtained over the network for your own use, or for use within your institution or company, without cost or license but does not allow it to be resold or otherwise provided to customers or clients of commercial enterprises, or included with any product (including CD-ROM software collections), without the written permission of Columbia University. Exception: As of version 7.0, C-Kermit is automatically licensed for inclusion with Open Source operating system distributions such as Linux, OpenBSD, and FreeBSD:

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Kermit - Licensing / Columbia University / / 1 Jan 2002 — 20 July 2011