FidoNet

FidoNet is a worldwide computer network that is used for communication between bulletin board systems (BBSs). It uses a store and forward system to exchange private (email) and public (forum) messages between the BBSs in the network, as well as other files and protocols in some cases. To save on long distance calling charges when those were expensive, FidoNet used a number of techniques to ensure data was compressed using the then-latest methods of data compression.

As a side-effect of its creation history, FidoNet was based on a number of small interacting programs. Only one of these interacted with the BBS system directly, and was the only portion that had to be ported to support other BBS software. As a result, FidoNet was one of the few networks that was widely supported by almost all BBS software, as well as a number of systems for talking to non-BBS online services.

The rapid improvement in modem speeds during the early 1990s, combined with the rapid decrease in price of computer systems and storage, made BBSes increasingly popular, and FidoNet along with it. By the mid-1990s it was possible to communicate with millions of users on tens of thousands of FidoNet systems around the world. Only UUCP came close in terms of breadth or numbers. The network continues to operate but has shrunk considerably, primarily due to the closing of many BBSes during the increase of popularity of the Internet.

Read more about FidoNetOrigin, FidoNet Organizational Structure, Technical Structure, FidoNet Deployments, FidoNet Availability, FidoNews

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Computer Town UK
... "Log-on-the-Tyne" was a FidoNet Computer Bulletin Board, ran from 1985 to 1995, by John Bone Steven Townsley, with help from John Rawson and others ... modem service, with email via the FidoNet network, all operated by volunteers in their own time ... {Its one time Fido ID being "FidoNet 2256/17.0"} ...
PODSnet - Structure
... Similarly to FidoNet, PODSnet was organized into Zones, Regions, Networks, Nodes and Points however, unlike FidoNet, these were not geographically determined ... Like many open source and standards-based technology projects, FidoNet grew rapidly, and then forked ... The addition of Zones to the Fidonet technology allowed for easier routing of email internationally, and the creation of networks outside of the control of International Fido Net Association (IFNA ...
Binkp - Application of The Protocol
... Historically, Fidonet traffic was transferred mainly over serial (RS-232) modem connections which might not have an error correction layer ... These dial-up-oriented protocols for transferring Fidonet traffic like EMSI or Zmodem had to implement error-recovery ... When the members of Fidonet started to use TCP/IP to transfer Fidonet traffic, this error-recovery overhead became unnecessary ...
Squish (Fido Net)
... Squish is both the name of a FidoNet mail tossing application originally designed for DOS and OS/2, and the name of the primary mail storage format in which this application stores FidoNet and other local ... Before Squish, open storage formats for FidoNet and Bulletin Board messages were relatively slow and inefficient ... and either Store it in the appropriate local message bases for later reading by a BBS user or a FidoNet mail reading application ...
FidoNet - FidoNews
... FidoNews is the newsletter of the FidoNet community ... been published by various people and entities, including the short-lived International FidoNet Association ...