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April 2nd, 2006, 08:40 AM
The mighty web says:

"Kermit is a file transfer protocol first developed at Columbia University
in New York City in 1981 for the specific purpose of transferring text
and binary files without errors between diverse types of computers over
potentially hostile communication links, and it is a suite of
communications software programs from the Kermit Project at Columbia
University. " :shock:

"The Kermit protocol and software are named after Kermit the Frog, star
of the television series, The Muppet Show; the name Kermit is used by
permission of Henson Associates, Inc." :biggrin:

Alright folks, don't blame me if I am the last one on the face of
this planet who don't know it, but....why did they call it Kermit? :confused:

April 2nd, 2006, 10:26 AM
According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kermit_%28protocol%29 , it was named after Kermit the Frog...



April 2nd, 2006, 10:54 AM
I said .....Why???


April 2nd, 2006, 10:55 AM
Yes, but what inspired the people at Columbia to pick the name? I suppose the Muppet Show was "hot" in 1981, but apart from that? Ok, it is known that computer scientists and engineers often are a bit childish so maybe not surprising they name their project after a children's character.

It reminds me about the folklore behind the Macintosh name (Apple celebrated 30 years on April 1st, by the way). On the folklore website (www.folklore.org) there are stories about McIntosh apples, stereos and of course raincoats, which Apple in the end had to get a license from to use the name. It was thought only as a code name - for a short while renamed as Bicycle - and some external marketeers suggested names like Apple 40 and Allegro, but in the end everyone working on the project were determined it should be called Macintosh.

Maybe it is common for named products (product names like XYZ-4512L/8 don't count) that some project name is picked out of the blue, and as work goes on, the name stays and often becomes official?

Terry Yager
April 2nd, 2006, 10:57 AM
My guess would be that it has sum'n to do with data 'hopping' around from one computer to another???


April 3rd, 2006, 10:39 AM
I think all of the above are legitimate answers.

It may sound silly but how about this: :roll:

It is night time and there is a pond somewhere in the middle of
nowhere and there are hundreds of frogs scattered all across the
pond and all you hear is ...ribid....ribid...ribid..ribid......
ribid.... and it goes on and on and on and on......:x

All these frogs are communicating short messages at a time. Doesn't
it sort of resemble a netwrok of nodes communicating through Kermit
protocol? :biggrin: