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.
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
There are. Most of them are Telnet accessible. The telnetbbsguide.com has quite a few listed.
I think my BBS skills are limited after 25 years or so
Would be great to get BBS rocking on Haiku.
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.
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?
I sent an email to the address on the site. I don’t know if it’s still good or not.
did anything come of this?