• bbs?

    From Grant Taylor@gtaylor@tnetconsulting.net to alt.bbs,alt.bbs.allsysop,comp.os.linux.networking on Sun Mar 29 12:59:32 2020
    From Newsgroup: alt.bbs.allsysop

    Hello SYSOPs,

    We have been having a discussion about BBS network technologies in comp.os.linux.networking and I think we could use some help /
    clarification / guidance.

    We are discussing what protocols were used between BBSs and what
    networks they formed.

    I'm aware of the obvious big player, FidoNet (proper), and that there
    were other networks that used FidoNet Technology (FTN).

    I think that there were other BBS centric protocols other than FTN that
    were used. But I have no idea what they might be.

    There was also UUCP, which until recently, I thought that most BBSs
    tended to not use. I only recently had someone tell me that UUCP was
    the predominant protocol in his BBS community. Though he was in a Unix
    BBS community, where it makes sense that UUCP would be available and
    probably the default.

    Do you have any input that you would like to share with people that know
    less about BBSs?



    --
    Grant. . . .
    unix || die
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  • From Ragnarok@ragnarok@docksud.com.ar to alt.bbs,alt.bbs.allsysop,comp.os.linux.networking on Tue Apr 14 21:29:42 2020
    From Newsgroup: alt.bbs.allsysop

    El 29/3/20 a las 13:59, Grant Taylor escribió:
    Hello SYSOPs,

    We have been having a discussion about BBS network technologies in comp.os.linux.networking and I think we could use some help /
    clarification / guidance.

    We are discussing what protocols were used between BBSs and what
    networks they formed.

    I'm aware of the obvious big player, FidoNet (proper), and that there
    were other networks that used FidoNet Technology (FTN).

    I think that there were other BBS centric protocols other than FTN that
    were used.  But I have no idea what they might be.

    There was also UUCP, which until recently, I thought that most BBSs
    tended to not use.  I only recently had someone tell me that UUCP was
    the predominant protocol in his BBS community.  Though he was in a Unix
    BBS community, where it makes sense that UUCP would be available and
    probably the default.

    Do you have any input that you would like to share with people that know
    less about BBSs?



    I try to make a MHS (novell) gateway for Worldgroup server to inject
    Fidonet echomail into it.

    it's not fully functional still WIP

    https://github.com/ftoledo/ftn2mhs

    Saludos!
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  • From Underminer@underminer@bbs.undermine.ca.remove-tb8-this to Grant Taylor on Fri Jul 3 02:48:12 2020
    From Newsgroup: alt.bbs.allsysop

    To: Grant Taylor
    Re: bbs?
    By: Grant Taylor to alt.bbs,alt.bbs.allsysop,comp.os.linux.networking on Sun Mar 29 2020 10:59:32

    We have been having a discussion about BBS network technologies in
    We are discussing what protocols were used between BBSs and what
    networks they formed.
    Do you have any input that you would like to share with people that know less about BBSs?

    FTN Standards were absolutely ubiquitous and used for many spin off nets, but is a much deeper rabbit hole than one might think, as there were a few different options for connection between two nodes.

    A great many cities or other small geographic areas had their own area nets either piggybacking Fido, or just using similar setup and/or the same programs.

    There were alternatives like QWK based networking, and just about any other contemporary message network/technology was likely gated to some BBS or collection of BBSes SOMEWHERE.

    Before the average user had access to the Internet, and before the WWW was a thing, Bulletin boards WERE the online world for many. As a result, people got creative.
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    Underminer
    The Undermine BBS - bbs.undermine.ca:423
    Fidonet: 1:342/17
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    * The Undermine - Calgary, AB - telnet://bbs.undermine.ca
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