CNET GLOSSARY: Terms for the techie
A file transfer protocol and suite of communications software. The open protocol was initially developed by the Kermit Project at Columbia University in 1981; several versions of the software have been developed by the Columbia project and by other developers. Kermit programs are compatible with most operating systems and work with modem and network connections as well as TCP/IP. The software is popular among computer professionals for tasks such as network management; alpha and numeric paging; software distribution and patching; remote troubleshooting; setting up automated data-transfer procedures; mobile applications; automated configuration of PBXs, routers, hubs, and terminal servers, and so on. The protocol and software are named after the star of Sesame Street and the 1980s hit The Muppet Show: Kermit the Frog.
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