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    Setting up a new BBS - Questions

    Hello Ladies & Gents,

    To my pleasant surprise, the Verizon Wireless Home Phone Kit which is essentially a POTS-LTE bridge, is compatible at least to 14.4 and might be compatible for higher, so what I would like to do is setup a BBS and am wondering for those of you what can and do remember, what is good BBS software that would run a PC with 640k.

    Thanks,
    Daniel
    Daniel P. Cayea - The Lyon Mountain Company - Plattsburgh, New York 12901
    Vintage Equipment: IBM 5150 * IBM 5161 * ThinkPad 770ED
    Modern Equipment: MacBook Pro 13 * Alienware M15R3

    #2
    I liked Auntie, but PCBoard was also quite prevalent. Either ran quite well on Windows NT. I've got a few other sample disks, such as Sapphire.

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      #3
      A friend and I ran WildCat! until the mid 90s when the Internet invaded. We ran our board on 286 and 386 systems tied together with an Arcnet network. I'm pretty sure WildCat! would run on a 640K 8088 machine though. I believe Winserver was the Windows version of WildCat! so avoid that one.

      A quick search found this site dedicated to WildCat! on DOS to this day. Go figure.

      http://www.wildcatbbs.com/

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        #4
        Originally posted by kc8eyt View Post
        A friend and I ran WildCat! until the mid 90s when the Internet invaded. We ran our board on 286 and 386 systems tied together with an Arcnet network. I'm pretty sure WildCat! would run on a 640K 8088 machine though. I believe Winserver was the Windows version of WildCat! so avoid that one.

        A quick search found this site dedicated to WildCat! on DOS to this day. Go figure.

        http://www.wildcatbbs.com/
        I looked at the page but can't find a download link for a version that will work on the PC/XT.
        Daniel P. Cayea - The Lyon Mountain Company - Plattsburgh, New York 12901
        Vintage Equipment: IBM 5150 * IBM 5161 * ThinkPad 770ED
        Modern Equipment: MacBook Pro 13 * Alienware M15R3

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          #5
          If you want something that's contemporary with the 5150/5160, consider RBBS-PC. Vetusware has the files--and I wouldn't be surprised if archive.org didn't also have them. Written mostly in BASIC.

          Files here

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            #6
            I used to use TriBBS. But that was a long time ago. I don't know if it's still kept up to date or not.

            If I were to run one today, I'd probably try Mystic and run it on Linux.
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              #7
              ...what is good BBS software that would run a PC with 640k.
              Linux runs in 640K?

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                #8
                Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post

                Linux runs in 640K?
                Didn't RedHat 3.0 run in 256K on x86

                Surely not everyone was Kung-fu fighting

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                  #9
                  No, I don't think so--from the release announcement of "Picasso":
                  Red Hat Software is pleased to announce the release of its latest edition of the Red Hat Linux Operating System. We are particularly pleased with this release as it not only represents a significant improvement in all the Red Hat functionality and reliability, but also again demonstrates the remarkable creativity of the growing worldwide Linux development community. With its ease of installation, system management, automatic upgrades, and preconfigured tools, Red Hat Linux is easier to use and manage than ever. Highlights of release 3.0.3 include:

                  o Linux kernels up to 1.3.57. The stable 1.2.13 is the officially supported kernel.
                  o A new version of RPM (2.0) that provides many new features and dramatically faster performance.
                  o Now installs and runs on PC's with only 4MB memory! ...
                  "Only 4MB"

                  There were early versions of Xenix that could probably fit in 640K, but I don't know of BBS software that worked with them.

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                    #10
                    People around here used to use the Telegard and Renegade BBSes. I'm thinking that a version of one of these ran on an 8088.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post
                      If you want something that's contemporary with the 5150/5160, consider RBBS-PC. Vetusware has the files--and I wouldn't be surprised if archive.org didn't also have them. Written mostly in BASIC.

                      Files here
                      Thank you Chuck!
                      Daniel P. Cayea - The Lyon Mountain Company - Plattsburgh, New York 12901
                      Vintage Equipment: IBM 5150 * IBM 5161 * ThinkPad 770ED
                      Modern Equipment: MacBook Pro 13 * Alienware M15R3

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                        #12
                        Lots of people as of late seem to be coming up with quick basic ascii / text bbs' which is great. But does noone remmember excalibur BBS software in the mid to late 90s? It was fully graphical and unlike all bbs software before it. In my memory is was short li ed as bbs' were already dying off. I just remember dialing in and having a bbs load with full graphics being amazed.. And yes i had a 14.4 at the time

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                          #13
                          If I recall correctly, those were RIP graphics. More software than just Excalibur supported it (but not many), as well as a few door games. For some reason LORD 2 comes to mind, but I don't actually remember playing it in RIP, always ANSI.

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                            #14
                            I ran a WWIV BBS in the early 90s. Full access to the C code to do mods/enhancements (mostly adding ANSI graphics). Later switched to PCBoard. I ran both on
                            486/Pentium running OS/2.

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                              #15
                              If you're running a DOS-based BBS, you're probably better off using a more modern computer to run it. Get an old P4 system and utilize that. That's what I moved my old DOS BBS to. You'll have more reliability, more storage, higher baud rates, etc. It might be different if you wanted to run system-specific software such as Commodore or Apple.

                              If you are willing to go the route of a newer computer, I'd highly recommend Mystic since it's currently supported and actively being developed.
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