How Can I Establish BBS for Amstrad CPC/PCW/NC

Started by DoctorCPC, 05:22, 15 August 22

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DoctorCPC

unfortunately I have never used BBS before. I don't know BBS systems very well. but how can I set up a BBS that can be used for Amstrad CPC/PCW/NC? Is there a step-by-step documentation? Also, will the BBS I set up for Amstrad CPC work in other environments, for example, on Commodore 64?
My Amstrad Products: Amstrad CPC 464, Amstrad CPC 6128, Schneider CPC 6128, Amstrad NC 100, Amstrad HiFi EX330, Amstrad Fidelity CKX100 Music Keyboard, Amstrad Penpad 600, Amstrad Emailer Plus, Amstrad E3 Emailer, Amstrad VCR Programmable Remote Control, Amstrad DVD/Divx Player, Amstrad GT 65, Schneider CTM640

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eto

At its core, a BBS just sends a text stream to your computer. To allow for a bit of styling it uses control characters/sequences. If these sequences follow a standard, any computer system that understands this standard will be compatible with your BBS. A typical standard was VT100 / ANSI https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VT100

I just found this ANSI terminal for the Amstrad, which sounds promising: https://ewen.mcneill.gen.nz/programs/cpc/ewenterm/

However I do not really know how to set-up a BBS today, especially if you want to connect to it over the internet.

ComSoft6128

There were one or two CPM BBS programs for the 6128 and the PCW but unfortunately I don't have any info on them.

The program that @eto has highlighted is an AMSDOS program and I used it for years to connect to BBS & eventually an email service, however it will not allow the user to run a BBS on a 6128.

eto

Quote from: ComSoft6128 on 13:17, 15 August 22however it will not allow the user to run a BBS on a 6128.
Is the goal to run it on a CPC? Or a BBS that can be used by a CPC (and other computers)? I thought we are looking for a client program.

I would probably look for a BBS that can be run on a hosted webserver and supports telnet.

Btw: The M4 already has a telnet client: https://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/applications/telnet-client-for-cpc/


Prodatron

Still my favourite video regarding accessing a BBS with the Amstrad CPC! :)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WPMq80wYFY

GRAPHICAL Z80 MULTITASKING OPERATING SYSTEM

VincentGR

Never hosted a BBS on an Amstrad but I have a telnet one on my Pi.
It is CPC friendly too although you cannot download anything, at least with the client I have (M4)

7:00


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V0haMxsEsE

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