Software ...

As you read on the previous pages, the fidonet network is an system wich is connected with old fashion analogue modems or ISDN adapter, but more and more the internet is used now.
Because fidonet has been developed in 1984, most of the programs are made to use in an (MS)DOS environment, en still developed under DOS.
But more applications are now developed or translated into the Windows or the OS/2 environment.
Also more application are available for the Linux operating system.
Some older systems like the Commodore Amiga or older BBC computers are still supported by there own support groups.

If you want to work with fidonet, you need 4-5 pieces of software:

MailerThe mailer communicates with mostly the mailer of your hub or net to get mail and bringing mail.
Tosser/scannerIs tossing messages into the right echoes, or scans outbound mail.
Mail readerOff-line editor to read or write messages, the most modern mailers however have sometimes there own editor build in.
BBSOnline system, people can use there terminal program to login to such system, and using it to get access to fidonet without installing such an system.
TerminalOptional: Terminal program to getting access by modem, ISDN line, or IP dailup to an BBS system.

If you want to be an point, you need only the mailer, the tosser/scanner and maybe the editor

On the download page you will find the software for your needs.
Here you see some pictures how the software look like.

This is FrontDoor, the mailer I used on my own system.
Here you see the outfased IP node, the analogue & ISDN node where already out of order since june 1th, 2005.
FrontDoor is available in (MS)DOS or OS/2, an shareware version and more nodes/commercial version.

For Windows you can use as alternative the Argus FTN mailer. This is an 32bit application wich can handle analogue and ISDN lines as wel an deamon for TCP/IP.
I used the Argus Mailer myself since june 2005 to get access to fidonet as an IP only node.

This is FMail, wich is the tosser and the scanner to put new mail into the right echo, or to scan outbound mail.
FMail can be used by all system, from point to ZC. It is available in (MS)DOS, DOS/386, Win32, OS/2 and in GoldBase version.
You need this piece of software to ′tossing′ incomming mailpackets to the right echomail areas, and also to scan outgoing mail.

This is Allfix, wich is an fileecho processor who can handle *.TIC files received from the subscribed fileecho.
Mostly only nodes are using the program to place the received files in the right BBS directory and updating the discriptions.
Nodes are using Allfix mostly also to distribute for e.g. the nodelist to there points.

Allfix is available for DOS and OS/2 operating systems.

This is GoldED, the editor wich I use to read and write messages.
GoldED is available for (MS)DOS, DOS/386, OS/2, Win32, Linux and GoldBase.
The used echo is offcourse BIER.028, but wich is no longer available today as also the mentiod dial-in number in the origin line ;-)

If you are fidonet node, then you can stay an mail system only, or create your own BBS for dialin.
As BBS software I use the EleBBS package wich you see here when using to logon under an telnet session from the Linux operating system.
Telnet is also available under Windows (from of Vista you need to install it yourself) or OS/2, but under Windows you can use better the PuTTY program.

There is differend BBS software available like EleBBS, RemoteAccess, Maximus, ProBoard and others, for many operating systems like Win32, Linux, etc ...

If you don't want to install all those programs, you can use any terminal program to call an BBS over analogue, ISDN lines, or the internet.
Easyterm is an terminal program wich can do this, and is one of the many terminal programs available on many BBS systems or the internet.

BBS/terminal software and all other programs are available for download on the next page.

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