July 25, 1998
Also expected this month is another 32-bit RA clone, ProBoard/32 by Philippe Leybaert. ProBoard sysops have been waiting since the summer of 1996 to try the first 32-bit version of this BBS, but after numorus delays the author vanished into seclusion and has rarley been heard from since. When we last heard from him back in April, he made a commitment to finally work on finishing ProBoard during this summer, and he claimed he would release the first beta before the end of July 1998. He said that if he can't meet that deadline, he will give it all up and release the source code!
Flip Maertens, a Windows programmer who had offered to rewrite the windows version of ProBoard ProCfg, never recieved the needed structures from Philippe, so the NiteTime project was scrapped. Flip was later bitten by a vampire bat in an unrelated incident. :)
The beta team for the original RemoteAccess (now owned by Bruce Morse) is still waiting for the first beta version. Bruce has become familure with andrews source code during the past several months, and is now tracking down several of the reported bugs in RA 2.50 (identical to 2.52). He hopes to give the beta team the first beta of RA shortly. The next release of RA should primarly be a bux fix version, with no new features.
Konstantin Klyagin appears to have abandoned Tornado BBS, another RA clone with some added features. Tornado was FREEWARE, and was developed in DOS and OS/2 versions. His Tornado web site was recently removed.
Dedrick Allen is still re-writing NetModem/32, the Windows Telnet server for DOS fossil based BBS packages. As reported in April, the previous versions of NetModem/32 have been rather unstable, so Dedrick has been rewriting it this time using all his own code rather then the code that comes with Borland Delphi. We recently heard from Dedrick, and he still plans to have the new version available this summer.
Dedrick's next project will be to release a 32-bit FOSSIL API for BBS developers to use with their Windows based BBS products. Dedrick desided not to use the WinFOSSIL specs after all, and will instead add on to the existing level-5 fossil specifications. Several BBS develpers plan to support this telnet API in their BBS products.
This July edition of the BBS news is simular to the previous April
edition in many ways. You may want to take a peek back at the April
edition to see what has changed, and what has not. :)