[vcf-midatlantic] PC needed for VCFed BBS
telmnstr at 757.org
Wed Apr 26 11:43:09 EDT 2017
If you could get hold of a 486SX, and get hold of a copy of TBBS 2.2 or
later and the other add ons, you could run a BBS on a single computer that
can handle 64 or maybe 128 inbound connections at once. You could have a
rack mount modem box (USRobotics MP/16 maybe) and then tie all the other
lines to a terminal server that can terminate telnet and SSH to serial
(Opengear, cyclades, Livingston/Lucent Portmaster) into other connections?
TBBS uses buffered Digiboards and the like to get all the serial
The downside to TBBS is since it internally task switches, door games that
aren't written for TBBS won't work.
But the positive side is, it's frigging amazing that a 486SX can run that
many lines without lagging out like a Desqview/386 Sysop (remember those
C|Net on the Amiga might also be able to run a bunch but you would need a
A3000 I think, or maybe a A2000 w/ accelerator? I am not sure but I
thought someone told me they used those strange SCSI to serial boxes (Digi
had one) as the multiport serial adapter.
Kudos to Jason Scott for having Phil Becker in the BBS documentary. I
never knew that many people knew about it, I thought everyone was all
about the MajorBBS galactiboxes (was never a giant MajorBBS fan
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