FidoNet is a global network of computers. It has been commonly used as a communication platform between bulletin board systems (also known as BBSs). It uses a variety of protocols designed for exchange of both private and public message (emails and forums for example)

The entire FidoNet platform was initially setup with just a few interacting programs. At this time, only one of of the programs could interact with the BBS system at a time, and had to be ported to support the other chunks of the BBS software. This changed when FidoNet became one few networks that was actually able and capable of supporting virtually every form of BBS software.

This modular setup gave FidoNet a strong advantage and enabled the company to replace date compression systems at the time in a relatively easy fashion. This was crucial in the time when long distance calling was an expensive ordeal.

Throughout the 1990s BBSes grew in popularity. this was also enhanced by the increasing availability of computer systems and computer storage to more and more people. FidoNet was caught in the storm of growth and towards the end of the decade, enabled millions of users to to be able to communicate on thousands of FidoNet’s servers across the planet. FidoNet’s users far outweighed any of its competitors and the company was considered a market leader throughout the 90s.

However with the rising availability of internet connections for local use, FidoNet’s system became much too expensive and inconvenient for the average user. the usage of BBS systems declined quickly to a point where most users abandoned the system in lieu of better and cheaper technology. TDespite the lessening user base, FidoNet is still used in many parts of the world and experts predict it will still be several years until the platform is completely disbanded.

What Is FidoNet?

Here is a description of FidoNet

Recent FidoNews

In Canada, recent Fido News

Fido Still Revelant?

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Links

 

fidonet.org
Official Site of FidoNet

 

ftsc.org
Official Site of the FTSC (FidoNet Technical Standards Comittee).

 

z1.fidonet.org
Official Site of FidoNet Zone 1 (Amerika)

 

z3.fidonet.org
Official Site of FidoNet Zone 3

 

rbt.com.br
Official Site of FidoNet Zone 4

 

eastcape.co.za
Official Site of FidoNet Zone 5

 

z6.fidonet.org
Official Site of FidoNet Zone 6 (Asien)

 

fido.be
Belgian Fido Site

Fido-Software

PM’s CrossPoint
XP2
OpenXP32

FreeXP
The development of XP. Team split in 3 groups, hence 3 links

 

The Fido-Pack Deluxe
Fido over IP Solution from Michael Haase.

 

Portal of Power
Marcus Roeckrath develops as part of the “German Portal Team” this Mailer.

 

Das Husky-Projekt
The Husky-Project’s goal is to create a free Fido-Pack for Linux and other Operating Systems.

 

Others

 

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