BBS Software Development News

February 4, 2000

TSX-Online BBS News:

Many sysops are unfamilure with TSX-Online, a commercial BBS package marketed as a complete internet information server suitable for an ISP. TSX-Online includes dial-in and PPP/SLIP connections, Web server, FTP server, Telnet Server, Email Server, and NNTP news server. Yet underneth the internet technology is a very functional BBS. TSX-Online has its own filedatabase, multiuser chatting, message forums, QWK mail, voting booth, call-back-verification, RIP graphics, and runs DOS door games. It includes a Windows client terminal that provides users a full graphical interface for both local dial-in and people accessing the system through the internet.

Until now, TSX-Online has been the most expensive BBS program on the market, priced at $300 for the 2 node base, up to $2050 for the 64 base node base. Add another $1000 for internet connectivity, plus another $500 for the Web server, and another $500 for the PPP/Slip server it's no wonder why very few sysops used it.

Phil Sherrod of S&H Computer systems just announced that they have desided to make TSX-Online open sourced freeware! The source code will be made public on March 15th, 2000.

The catch however, is that TSX-Online requires the TSX-32 operating system to run. TSX-32 is a 32-bit operating system also developed by S&H Computer Systems. Originally this operating system was designed with TSX-Online in mind, but over the years its grown to a complete OS and network server used by many fortune-500 companys. The TSX-32 OS is NOT being released as freeware, and must be purchased in order to run TSX-Online. Pricing for the TSX-32 OS starts at $450.

Sherrod explains that the reason they desided to make TSX-Online open source is simple. They now have roughtly 25 times as many TSX-32 OS customers as TSX-Online customers. Sales of their Operating system are strong, while TSX-Online sales dropped dramaticly yet still require far more support.

Mystic BBS News:

James Coyle released Mystic BBS version 1.06 on January 30th. Major enhancments include a new full screen message reader/lister and many additions to the MPE programming language.

Several minor features were also added, including:

  • Win32 and OS/2 doors can now be passed the com port handle.
  • The screen length during a new user login is now configurable.
  • File can be uploaded blindly (without a description first).
  • Users are now prompted to post a message in current message base after the last message has been read.
  • Enhanced archive viewer can download files within an archive.
  • Who's Online function can now display users ages/sex.
  • Mass Mail command allows sysop to send multiple users e-mail.
  • Users can now search messagebases for keywords.
  • Users can be forced to post a message (can not be aborted).
  • Post/Call ratios can now be enforced.

    RGC BBS News:

    RGC BBS is being beta tested by a small group of testers this month. The beta team is now locked, so no more beta applications are being accepted. The beta cycle is in its early stages, so there is no projected release date yet for the first public version.

    As previously mentioned, RGC BBS will be a full internet server for Windows, including dial-up/ppp/telnet/web/ftp/email/news/dns servers all in one package. The DNS server will also support dynamic DNS as well.

    The Revolution BBS News:

    Scott Duensing released the preliminary version of Revolution on January 16th. While it's not complete, this release has everything needed to install it and make it run.

    The system currently does not support dial-up users. Scott says that if there is a demand for it, he will move it up on my list of things to do. Right now, his main priorities are to finish the teleconference, message bases, and add native door support.

    Scott is looking for someone to help him implement the native door support, and is willing to offer a free 32 node registration (module source license too) to anyone who is able to help him implement this. If you have Windows coding experience and are interested, contact

    Lucid BBS News:

    Lucid BBS is now back in development. This DOS based BBS was previously developed by Steve Chesser (judge dredd), Dennis Martin (zerocode), and Dan Chase (Burning Chrome. The source code was released and then abandoned about a year ago. Dennis Martin (zerocode) is now working on a new version.
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    EleBBS News:

    Maarten Bekers planned to release EleBBS 0.07 gamma last week, but it will be delayed for a while due to several new bug reports submitted recently by sysops switching over from RemoteAccess. The beta testers just recieved the first release canidate today, and the public release is expected later this month. Unlike previous versions, 0.07 will not offer new features, as Maarten is focusing on getting all the minor bugs fixed.

    RemoteAccess BBS News:

    The delayed Y2K version of RemoteAccess 2.60 gamma is projected to be released later this month according to Bruce Morse.

    COM/IP News:

    Tactical Software announced in January that they will no longer be selling their COM/IP Windows Telnet driver software directly to end users or provide support for COM/IP.

    Since then, pcmicro has reached an agreement with Tactical Software to be a VAR (value added reseller) of COM/IP, and is now selling COM/IP at a discounted price ($65), and provides direct support.

    COM/IP allows BBS software and doors to run telnet nodes under Windows 95/98/NT/2000 by emulating one or several com ports/modems, and also includes a 32-bit fossil driver.

    ProBoard News:

    Telegrafix plans to release an updated demo version of Proboard 2.2x BBS later this month. The current 2.20 demo will expire on March 1st. Most Proboard sysops perfer to use the previous 2.16 version along with a third party Y2K patch, rather then using the less stable 2.20 version which is limited to 2 nodes compaired to the 256 node support in version 2.16.

    An unknown Hacker broke into Telegrafix Web server 2 weeks ago, and took it down for several days. Telegrafix had it backed up fortunatly, and it's now back up and running.

    There is now a dispute over who owns, and the site was listed for sale for the past few weeks to the highest bidder. Pat Clawson of Telegrafix was told that the domain would be transfered to them when they took over Proboard back in 1998, but somehow another company aquired it from Philippe Leybaert and put it up for sale.

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