Mail Networks

  • FidoNet (1:267/310)
    • FidoNet is a worldwide computer network that is used for communication between bulletin board systems (BBSes). It uses a store-and-forward system to exchange private (email) and public (forum) messages between the BBSes in the network, as well as other files and protocols in some cases. Founded in 1984 and originally consisting only of IBM PCs and compatibles, FidoNet now includes such diverse machines as Apple IIs, Ataris, Amigas, and Unix systems. Though it is much younger than Usenet, FidoNet is already (in early 1991) a significant fraction of Usenet’s size at some 8000 systems.
    • DOVE-Net is a message network that connects many BBSes using QWK and Fido networking technologies. DOVE-Net member BBSes mostly run Synchronet {tm} BBS Software. DOVE-Net is a friendly and semi-active message network.
  • fsxNet (21:2/141)
    • fsxNet is a fun, simple and experimental network established in late 2015. It uses Fido Technology Networking to communicate between connected Bulletin Board Systems (BBS). fxNet is not a perscriptive network. e[X]perimentation is at heart of its name and members are actively encouraged to be creative in their use of the network. Only a handfull of message areas and file bases are used – setup is quick and [S]imple. Technologies covered by the network include (but are not limited to) BBSing, ANSI art, Amateur (HAM) Radio, Retro / Vintage Computers & Gaming, FTN communications, network protocols & topologies, encryption methods, contemporary computers (e.g. Raspberry Pi), computer coding and more. fsxNet sees a number of messages posted to it every week. It is an active support network for Mystic BBS software. It is also a proud supporter of developers of other BBS software spanning BBS systems, door games and more. fxNet is not an invite-only closed network, rather it is an open community and everyone who wishes to join is welcome.
    • Usenet is a worldwide distributed discussion system available on computers. It was developed from the general-purpose Unix-to-Unix Copy (UUCP) dial-up network architecture. Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis conceived the idea in 1979, and it was established in 1980. Users read and post messages (called articles or posts, and collectively termed news) to one or more categories, known as newsgroups. Usenet resembles a bulletin board system (BBS) in many respects and is the precursor to Internet forums that are widely used today. Discussions are threaded, as with web forums and BBSs, though posts are stored on the server sequentially. The name comes from the term “users network”. SiliconUnderground is working on carrying a limited number of newsgroups.