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punchy71 04-29-2015 10:33 PM

What BBS and terminal software are still active in the linux community today?
I was wondering if there are any BBS (Bulletin Board System) and Terminal programs that are still being actively developed for in the Linux community, and if so, what are their name(s)?
Also, I was wanting to know which ones are still actively being used today in the Linux community? I'm assuming they will probably be one and the same as this is very niche specific user type software.

Thank you

frankbell 04-29-2015 10:46 PM

Sadly, BBS's are pretty much dead, as most of them were based on DOS; once AOL opened up its internet gateway in the mid-90s, making the internet available to persons who did not work for a university or defense contractor, the BBS era came to a swift and ignominious end. It became futile to pay for all the extra incoming phone lines.

A web search will turn up some folks running the occasional BBS here and there, such as this one, but they are mostly legacy projects run out of nostalgia.

I was partial to PCBoard myself. It came to a nasty end.

dugan 04-29-2015 11:29 PM

Minicom is the only client I can think of.

As for BBS', *nix has always been aimed at people with Internet access, so I think telnet servers are the *nix equivalent of BBS'. There are still lots of MUDs, MUSHes, MUDs, MUCKs, etc.

punchy71 04-30-2015 08:12 AM

Why is there a FidoNet client built into the Slax distribution?

I used to use FidoNet back in the BBS heydays...

It also seems to be embedded inside a Slax offshoot distro called "Porteus".

If BBS's are so "dead" then why are there still things like this out there floating around?
(scratching my head)...

frankbell 04-30-2015 08:47 PM

Some of the old BBSs morphed into websites, though they kept the "BBS" in their names, and, as noted, there are still some BBSes. But BBSes are no longer significant players in the online scene. Heck, laptops no longer come with modems. (And, frankly, I get nostalgic for BBSes. Each BBS had a distinct personality, some more pleasant than others.)

You might learn more at the Fidonet website.

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