RE: [BPQ32] New BBS and Chat/Converse Software
MessageCharles,I'd love to see an all-ham netwrok, as in fact we had in the early 90's. However, I'm not sure how feasible it would be to produce a system which made it impossiblre to "cheat" Even if I disabled the obvious Internet facilities like AXIP/UDP and telnet, it would be possible to set up a serial port tunnel which looked to the software like a KISS TNC, but actually went over the Internet. In the end I think it will have to come down to honesty and trust.73,John-----Original Message-----
From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Charles Brabham
Sent: 24 June 2009 01:39
Subject: Re: [BPQ32] New BBS and Chat/Converse SoftwareIs it possible to have a special version, identifiable on the air by version number perhaps, that has no provision for non-ham forwarding or access?I am part of a group that is trying to put together an all-ham digital network, completely independent of non-ham resources. The rationale is:"Amateurs radio operators are the only group of private individuals in the world who have the ways and means to fund, build and maintain a worldwide communications network, independent of the internet and commercial or government entities. This is our own mount Everest, that only we may climb 'because it is there' only for ham radio operators like ourselves."
A special, all-ham version of the software would be useful for ensuring compliance by HRN participants, eliminating controversy and doubt. - We would simply require the use of the special software. As it is, we experience problems with hams who pretend to be using radio when in fact they do not. - We'd like to see what can be done with radio, and a special radio-only version of the software would be good for this.
I am not suggesting that this be the only version released, this is a request for a special-purpose version of the software for use by members of a new, all-ham network.
Take it easy!
73 DE Charles, N5PVL
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MessagePeter and the group,As the BBS is designed to work as a BPQ32 application, it will have access to the full node facilites, including ax/udp, that BPQ32 provides. Issues such as the Baycom drivers would be part of the base BPQ32 development, rather than the BBS software. I did in fact start looking at a Baycom Serial Modem driver last winter, and it should be possible to write one for the W2K/XP platform, but only for machines with real (ie not USB) serial ports, and these are getting more difficult to find. I do have a Baycom Parallel port 9600 modem, but I'm not sure if I have an interface spec for it.FIle Export/Import will be included in some form, but I haven't decided exactly what yet. Likewise I haven't decided yet what SMTP/Telnet facilites to include. I'd love to see an all amateur network with no need for linking over the Internet, but accept that is not possible at the moment. If we have to use the Internet, I don't feel telnet is the right choice, but as my software will have to interface to other systems it may be unavoidable.My original intention was not to include 7+ and related stuff such as REQFIL/REQIR, as I suppose I see the system as primarily for messaging rather than file transfer, but this has been mentioned by a few of you, so I hay reconsider.I'm not sure what you mean by with or without password structure.73,John
Hi John and the Group,
What I was meaning by the password structure is that a sysop can configure the system
to require a password to gain access or leave it open for anyone to login without a password.
I run 4 radio ports here on my Linux BBS and it does not require any password for access, however, telnet is a different story, one needs a password to be able to do anything at all.
I think the servers, 7+, Reqfil and Reqdir etc could be valuable tools for those who may want to setup the BBS
for emergency work with default "paper forms" or files so to speak being able to be requested remotely without the need to actually talk to people to request forms etc.
One of the biggest problems is of course that everyone has different ideas and uses for their BBS`s, Hi.
Regards ..... Peter