BeBS. Anyone remember this?

I spent the day “dialing” in to different BBS’. A BBS is a Bulletin Board System. Essentially, the Internet before the Internet was open to the public.

Anyway, I found myself on software.bbsdocumentary.com and saw a listing for BBS software for BeOS called BeBS. By Geoff Benson.

I had run many BBS’ in my time (from Atari 8-bit to Atari ST to IBM PC), but I never heard of BeBS and was wondering if anyone had. Or even used it.

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Cool! Would be also interested to hear ;-p

I was able to download it. I should give it a try in Haiku 32-bit and see if it works. It appears to be Telnet only, which is a little surprising.

Old memories, don’t know if any BBS’s still exists now :slight_smile:

There are. Most of them are Telnet accessible. The telnetbbsguide.com has quite a few listed.

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I think my BBS skills are limited after 25 years or so :wink:

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Would be great to get BBS rocking on Haiku.

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Yeap, they exist… telnet connected these days, as who actually has a modem?

It runs on hrev54911 gcc2. One must replace the lib folder and create a link to /boot/system/lib/libnetwork.so named libnetdev.so in the new lib folder. once this is done, the app runs just fine.

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Now we need a simulator to make it think a Telnet session is a modem. I don’t know how this detects rings (looking for “RING” or… DTR? I don’t remember which signal line).

It looks like Geoff Benson’s website was still online pretty recently, he still mentions BeBS on the homepage; and that it’s “unlikely” he’ll fire up Haiku as a web server: http://web.archive.org/web/20210111093237/http://www.bebs.net/

That seems to imply he still has the source code. Perhaps someone can contact him and see if he would release it? :slight_smile:

I sent an email to the address on the site. I don’t know if it’s still good or not.