• Thinking of going Linux...

    From Nick Andre@1:229/426 to All on Fri Oct 7 15:04:37 2005
    Hi,

    I need some advice on converting a Windows 2000 workstation that runs my BBS into Linux or BSD. I've been thinking about changing things over for
    stability reasons...

    The machine runs both Telnet AND dialup, and I wish to preserve as closely as possible, the original configuration (BBS Software, mailer, doors, etc).

    Machine: Dell Optiplex P166, 64MB RAM, 3gb HDD.
    Mailer/tosser/editor: D'Bridge (I am now the current developer)
    BBS: Renegade (of which I also write utilities for)
    Doors: Variety, including LORD, Tradewars, etc etc.
    News: Vsoup/NT.
    Telnet Server: Zoob Telnet Server.
    Telnet FOSSIL/DOS interface: NetFoss/NT.

    Whenever someone telnets to my BBS, Zoob answers and then spawns a DOS session which fires up a batch file that loads NetFoss, then Renegade. After the user disconnects, NetFoss is unloaded and the Dos session terminates.

    Dialup is all handled by D'Bridge, which runs in its own DOS session under Windows with X00 loaded, and talks to another Windows machine on the network for storing the mass volumes of messages I'm tossing here (mostly Usenet)

    I guess the big thing is NetFoss, it's a FOSSIL driver that interfaces any DOS application to the Internet, and Zoob just passes the open telnet socket/handle and away it goes.

    So I need to know, if I move over to Linux, can I have a Telnet server that will properly run my BBS software and doors, and can I simultaneously run my mailer to answer the dialup line?

    I keep hearing about DosEMU but I have not yet heard how the issue of FOSSIL is handled by Linux... FOSSIL is the most important thing as I'm running nothing but DOS-based programs for the BBS and mail tossing.

    Nick Andre
    Andre Consulting

    --- Renegade vY2Ka2
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  • From Alan Ianson@3:640/954 to Nick Andre on Sun Oct 9 04:23:10 2005
    Nick Andre wrote to All <=-

    Hi,

    Hi Andre,

    Long time no chat.. :)

    I need some advice on converting a Windows 2000 workstation that runs
    my BBS into Linux or BSD. I've been thinking about changing things
    over for stability reasons...

    The machine runs both Telnet AND dialup, and I wish to preserve as
    closely as possible, the original configuration (BBS Software, mailer, doors, etc).

    Telnet is no problem. MBSE will do that as well as dialup. It's the only
    one that I know of that will handle dial up calls. I don't have a modem anymore so I have not tested it out any though.

    Synchronet handles telnet very well, and binkd can be used for the mailer.
    But sync doesn't do dial up natively in v3+, and a mailer for dial up
    would be difficult if not impossible.

    Machine: Dell Optiplex P166, 64MB RAM, 3gb HDD.
    Mailer/tosser/editor: D'Bridge (I am now the current developer)
    BBS: Renegade (of which I also write utilities for)
    Doors: Variety, including LORD, Tradewars, etc etc.
    News: Vsoup/NT.
    Telnet Server: Zoob Telnet Server.
    Telnet FOSSIL/DOS interface: NetFoss/NT.

    Doors are a little tougher to get going under linux. It can be done with dosemu or native linux apps but be prepared for another learning curve.

    Whenever someone telnets to my BBS, Zoob answers and then spawns a DOS session which fires up a batch file that loads NetFoss, then Renegade. After the user disconnects, NetFoss is unloaded and the Dos session terminates.

    Dialup is all handled by D'Bridge, which runs in its own DOS session
    under Windows with X00 loaded, and talks to another Windows machine on
    the network for storing the mass volumes of messages I'm tossing here (mostly Usenet)

    I guess the big thing is NetFoss, it's a FOSSIL driver that interfaces
    any DOS application to the Internet, and Zoob just passes the open
    telnet socket/handle and away it goes.

    So I need to know, if I move over to Linux, can I have a Telnet server that will properly run my BBS software and doors, and can I
    simultaneously run my mailer to answer the dialup line?

    I don't think you'll be able to get all of your doors running under linux.

    I keep hearing about DosEMU but I have not yet heard how the issue of FOSSIL is handled by Linux... FOSSIL is the most important thing as I'm running nothing but DOS-based programs for the BBS and mail tossing.

    There is a fossil that comes with dosemu. I haven't used it in quite a
    while but it does work.

    Best of luck with that. Do post if you need help.

    Ttyl :-),
    Al


    ... Computer Hacker wanted. Must have own axe.
    --- MultiMail/Linux
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  • From Alan Ianson@1:340/401.4 to Robert Wolfe on Thu Oct 13 03:32:29 2005
    Robert Wolfe wrote to Alan Ianson:

    Telnet is no problem. MBSE will do that as well as dialup. It's
    the only one that I know of that will handle dial up calls.
    I don't have a modem anymore so I have not tested it out any
    though.

    BBBS for Linux will handle telnet as well as dialup calls.

    Dunno why I never thought about that one, I've dialed up to
    BBBSs enough times. BBBS is available for about every OS too..

    Ttyl :-),
    Al


    ... An Elephant; A Mouse built to government specifications.

    --- MBSE BBS v0.81.1 (GNU/Linux-x86_64)
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