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Old 09-11-2012, 12:52 PM   #1
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How could I set up a server to host a BBS and a Console-only website?

I have been thinking of possibly setting up my very first home server to host either a console-only website and/or a BBS (yes, that's right I said: "console-only website and/or a BBS")!
My question is more of a conceptual one. What is the conceptual differences between a console-only website (a website specifically optimized to display best and format best in a console-only browser such as Lynx, Links or ELinks) and a BBS (remember those? they're still used to this day!)? Since I would set up either or both to have similar or the same services, could they be merged into one service or should they be seperate services hosted on the same or seperate servers? Since I've never done anything like this before, how could I go about doing it?
I'm also interested in the possibility of running the BBS side as either a FidoNet or a Dovenet system (networked BBS system). FidoNet is still used to this very day to my understanding in both Russia and Taiwan. Dovenet I'm not so sure about. I'm not sure how one would log into a BBS over the internet or even a phone line now days into a simple server at someone's home. Any constructive ideas, suggestions or direction would be greatly appreciated.
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The only thing that makes any web page text-mode friendly is limiting the use of elements that require a graphical browser, such as CSS, inline images, javascript, Java applets and probably a few other elements. There is nothing whatsoever about the server itself that affects any of this. A web server does not participate in the rendering of the content that it serves.
Almost any popular Linux distribution will include the Apache web server as part of its standard or optional configuration.
The underlying mechanics of modem-based BBS systems and WWW oriented communications is distinct and really not amenable to any simple merging. Re-creating a BBS look and feel on a web site should not be very difficult. Your notion of a text-mode only website goes quite far to accomplishing that.
There is nothing that automatically precludes running a modem-based BBS on the same Linux host used as a web server.

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A couple of my favorite looking sites. The top one has a BBS that is reachable by a Java telnet client that pops up on the page. Pretty awesome.

Also, 'telnet' is my favorite Nethack server.

Hopefully these examples will help further your idea.
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Yes, that bottom link is pretty cool. I don't quite understand the top one though...


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