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Title: How Can I Establish BBS for Amstrad CPC/PCW/NC
Post by: DoctorCPC on 05:22, 15 August 22
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?
Title: Re: How Can I Establish BBS for Amstrad CPC/PCW/NC
Post by: eto on 13:03, 15 August 22
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.
Title: Re: How Can I Establish BBS for Amstrad CPC/PCW/NC
Post by: ComSoft6128 on 13:17, 15 August 22
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.
Title: Re: How Can I Establish BBS for Amstrad CPC/PCW/NC
Post by: eto on 14:27, 15 August 22
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/

Title: Re: How Can I Establish BBS for Amstrad CPC/PCW/NC
Post by: Prodatron on 01:42, 16 August 22
Still my favourite video regarding accessing a BBS with the Amstrad CPC! :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WPMq80wYFY
Title: Re: How Can I Establish BBS for Amstrad CPC/PCW/NC
Post by: VincentGR on 15:01, 16 August 22
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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