Some sort of #retrocomputing: using #Fidonet these days! ;)
Yes, there is still a Fidonet and it is still alive. One recent life sign is "Fidian", a script to configure #binkd (mailer), #husky suite (tosser) and #GoldEd (reader).
You can find it in the Fidopedia on http://fidopedia.fido.de/fidopedia/index.php/Fidian_Setup_(Linux) (in German only) or on the authors site https://www.kuehlbox.wtf/fidian (in English).
See you in Fidonet! (I'm 2:2452/413)
Oh my... I'm currently thinking about getting my #Fidonet mailbox online again with my #Amiga...
Back then in the 90s I used GMS as my Fidonet mailer with my modem and ISDN lines. This worked really well - until 31.12.1999 23:59.59.
In fact the y2k bug hit GMS and effectively killed my mailbox, because I was not at home for weeks and months to switch back to TrapDoor that I have had used before GMS.
Two years ago I joined Fidonet again as node 2:2452/413, but this time running on #Linux. Fidonet nowadays runs on top of the Internet and mostly uses binkd for connecting. Back then when modems where used the main protocol was EMSI.
There is an amibinkd port, but this is being said to be unstable (and in early tests two years ago, I can confirm this). I'm loosely in contact with the original author of GMS mailer to get a y2k bug fixed version released after 19 years ;), but that will use (of course) EMSI protocol when being used with telser.device to connect to other mailers over the Internet.
Another option would also be to use binkd with "aso" option being set (aso = Amiga Style Outbound) and use NFS or Samba to mount the inbound/outbound dirs so that my tosser #MailManager can make use of those inbound/outbound dirs.
Maybe this is also the best option.
(Although my favorite option would be to have the source code of GMS being released to #Aminet and someone would implement the binkp protocol from scratch, but I guess there are not many Amiga developers around there that are still using Fidonet )
Are there other #retrocomputing fans out here that are also still (or again) active in Fidonet or doing #BBS?
Spotted on #SGI IRC channel:
When I finished my work to get my #Amiga collection I need to work on my #SGI collection as well. I already have an Indy R4kPC, an Indigo2 Extreme and an Indigo2 HighImpact. Still want to have an O2 and maybe upgrade the Indy to R5k...
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