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It is astonishing how nice and easy the setup for Mystic BBS is. I downloaded the alpha from Sourceforge, installed it as a user, ran "mystic" from a qodem ANSI local login, created a user, and then ran "mystic -cfg" to upgrade the user to sysop.

Now I've hit an access denied error, probably due to not running as root. Time to strace it and see where it died. But still, a very promising start.
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No discussion of BBSes, past or present, would be complete without a look at The Hacker Manifesto. This copy courtesy of textfiles.com.

The BBS world of the past was hugely influenced by bright yet bored teenagers. Those "hacker kids" grew up to bring us the lively world of IRC, IM, MMORPG, and "social media". We see the same drive to learn, expand, and connect working in today's youth: witness the Arab Spring. Who knows what other amazing surprises are coming?

                               ==Phrack Inc.==

                    Volume One, Issue 7, Phile 3 of 10

The following was written shortly after my arrest...

                       \/\The Conscience of a Hacker/\/


                               +++The Mentor+++

                          Written on January 8, 1986

        Another one got caught today, it's all over the papers.  "Teenager
Arrested in Computer Crime Scandal", "Hacker Arrested after Bank Tampering"...
        Damn kids.  They're all alike.

        But did you, in your three-piece psychology and 1950's technobrain,
ever take a look behind the eyes of the hacker?  Did you ever wonder what
made him tick, what forces shaped him, what may have molded him?
        I am a hacker, enter my world...
        Mine is a world that begins with school... I'm smarter than most of
the other kids, this crap they teach us bores me...
        Damn underachiever.  They're all alike.

        I'm in junior high or high school.  I've listened to teachers explain
for the fifteenth time how to reduce a fraction.  I understand it.  "No, Ms.
Smith, I didn't show my work.  I did it in my head..."
        Damn kid.  Probably copied it.  They're all alike.

        I made a discovery today.  I found a computer.  Wait a second, this is
cool.  It does what I want it to.  If it makes a mistake, it's because I
screwed it up.  Not because it doesn't like me...
                Or feels threatened by me...
                Or thinks I'm a smart ass...
                Or doesn't like teaching and shouldn't be here...
        Damn kid.  All he does is play games.  They're all alike.

        And then it happened... a door opened to a world... rushing through
the phone line like heroin through an addict's veins, an electronic pulse is
sent out, a refuge from the day-to-day incompetencies is sought... a board is
        "This is it... this is where I belong..."
        I know everyone here... even if I've never met them, never talked to
them, may never hear from them again... I know you all...
        Damn kid.  Tying up the phone line again.  They're all alike...

        You bet your ass we're all alike... we've been spoon-fed baby food at
school when we hungered for steak... the bits of meat that you did let slip
through were pre-chewed and tasteless.  We've been dominated by sadists, or
ignored by the apathetic.  The few that had something to teach found us will-
ing pupils, but those few are like drops of water in the desert.

        This is our world now... the world of the electron and the switch, the
beauty of the baud.  We make use of a service already existing without paying
for what could be dirt-cheap if it wasn't run by profiteering gluttons, and
you call us criminals.  We explore... and you call us criminals.  We seek
after knowledge... and you call us criminals.  We exist without skin color,
without nationality, without religious bias... and you call us criminals.
You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us
and try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet we're the criminals.

        Yes, I am a criminal.  My crime is that of curiosity.  My crime is
that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like.
My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me

        I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto.  You may stop this individual,
but you can't stop us all... after all, we're all alike.

                              +++The Mentor+++

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Welcome to the first post of the Dreamwidth BBS community. Unlike other communities and sites that are focused on reminiscing the past, this community is dedicated to BBSes as they are TODAY. The BBS Documentary (viewable online here) has a few minutes dedicated to the current scene in its episode "No Carrier" (Disk 3 or Episode 7), but did not provide much in the way of how to find the living BBSes.

If you want in, start here: Vertrauen (HTML) or Vertrauen (Telnet). Vertrauen is the home BBS of "digital man" (Rob Swindell), author of Synchronet, one of the most advanced BBS systems still under active development. Vertrauen is linked into both Fidonet and DOVE-Net, from which one can find many other BBSes.

Modern BBS systems like Synchronet and Citadel still support the text interface via telnet, ssh, rlogin, and dialup, but they also sport web interfaces. Citadel's in particular is designed to be a drop-in groupware solution that looks somewhat like a web version of Outlook, Kontact/Kmail, or Novell's GroupWise, but is very lean and mean. (Either would be a great for a small business that needs group collaboration but doesn't want to commit the beefy hardware or expensive professional IT costs associated with a full backend server solution.)

If you want to see Vertrauen in its text-mode glory, check out SyncTERM or qodem. Both are cross-platform Mac/Windows/Linux programs that have good BBS-era emulation and support for file transfers.


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