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Bug#1184: kermit blurb in postinst inappropriate

> iwj10@cus.cam.ac.uk (Ian Jackson)
> This was discussed some time ago, and I`ve been expecting the discussion
> to resurface.
Very busy now, will try to get back to you soon.  Just a couple brief comments
for now.

> 3.  I argued that they distribute source, which the user must then
>     deal with by building an executable which is properly configured
>     and optioned for his system.  What we'd like to do, say I, is
>     to distribute kermit pre-configured for debian linux.
We do have some Linux binaries available, but obviously there is a packaging
problem -- different Linux distributions use different curses libraries,
have different UUCP lock conventions, etc, and so it appears that each
distribution needs its own binary.

> > Setting up kermit ...
> >
> > C-Kermit 5A is documented in the book "Using C-Kermit" by Frank da Cruz
> > and Christine M. Gianone, Digital Press, Burlington, MA, USA.  Digital
> > Press ISBN: 1-55558-108-0; Prentice-Hall ISBN: 0-13-037490-3.  Price: US
> > $34.95.  In USA, call DECdirect at 1-800-344-4825, refer to order number
> > EY-J896E-DP.  See the files in /usr/doc/kermit for more information.
> > The complete Kermit distribution for multiple platforms is available
> > by ftp from kermit.columbia.edu.
The info above is out of date.  The current release is 5A(190), and the
documentation info is:

  Frank da Cruz and Christine M. Gianone, "Using C-Kermit", Digital Press /
  Butterworth-Heinemann, Woburn, MA, 1993, 514 pages, ISBN 1-55558-108-0

  US single-copy price: $36.95; quantity discounts available.  Available in
  computer bookstores or directly from Columbia University:

    Kermit Development and Distribution
    Columbia University Academic Information Systems
    612 West 115th Street
    New York, NY  10025-7721
    Telephone: +1 212 854-3703
    Fax:       +2 212 663-8202

  Domestic and overseas orders accepted.  Price: US $36.95 (US, Canada,
  and Mexico), US $47 elsewhere.  Orders may be paid by MasterCard or
  Visa, or prepaid by check in US dollars.  Add US $35 bank fee for checks
  not drawn on a US bank.  Price includes shipping.  Do not include sales
  tax.  Inquire about quantity discounts.

  You can also order by phone from the publisher, Digital Press /
  Butterworth-Heinemann, with MasterCard, Visa, or American Express:

    +1 800 366-2665   (Woburn, MA office for USA & Canada,
		       Toll-free M-F 8AM-6PM Eastern time)
    +1 617 928 2613   (Newton, MA office for sales/marketing info)
    +44 1933 414000   (Rushden, England distribution centre for
		       UK & Europe)
    +44 1865 310366   (Oxford, England, customer service/sales dept)
    +61 (0)3 245 7370 (Melbourne, Vic, office for Australia & NZ)
    +65 356-1968      (Singapore office for Malaysia, Singapore,
		       Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand)
    +27 031-294247    (Durban office for South Africa)

  A German-language edition is also available:

    Frank da Cruz and Christine M. Gianone, "C-Kermit - Einfuehrung und
    Referenz", Verlag Heinz Heise, Hannover, Germany (1994).
    ISBN 3-88229-023-4.  Deutsch von Gisbert W. Selke.  Price: DM 88,00.
    Verlag Heinz Heise GmbH & Co. KG, Helstorfer Strasse 7, D-30625 Hannover.
    Tel. +49 (05 11) 53 52-0, Fax. +49 (05 11) 53 52-1 29.

You can also refer people to our Web site:


There may yet be a way to include Kermit in your package, but we'll
have to negotiate about it.  But not right now.  If you don't hear back
from me in a week or two, bug me again.

- Frank

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