I’m considering building a new VMware appliance of the latest Pyffle
code that is running hq.pyffle.com.
However it would be quite an effort to do, so I’m looking to gauge
interest? How many of you would like to run Pyffle on your own
systems as a VM?
[Reposted from comp.bbs.waffle]
Pyffle BBS – Waffle for the New American Century
Pyffle was created as a tribute to the coolest BBS software ever in existence, Waffle.
Unfortunately the only version floating around nowadays is a binary-only copy of version 1.65 for DOS from 1993 or so (which I do run on B4BBS, http://sampsa.com/b4bbs, through DOSBOX, with UUCP and everything) as the Unix sources have gone missing – this prompted the creation of Pyffle, the Python re-implementation of Waffle for Unix.
You can test drive it by telnetting to hq.pyffle.com
I’ve also built a ready-to-run VMWare VM for running Pyffle without all the annoying hassle of setting up Postgres and stuff yourself.
See http://www.uuhec.net/pyffle-bbs/pyffle-turnkey-vmware-appliance/ for details on downloading and setting the VM up.
A funky new feature for you 8-bit retrofans has been added to Pyffle HQ: CP/M-O-Tron.
Basically, you get a customised Altair Z80 instance running CP/M 2.2 and MP/M (yes, MP/M!).
Just log in to hq.pyffle.com (register an account if you haven’t one) and type CPM at the main prompt.
(crossposted from comp.bbs.waffle)
In a fit of madness I decided to write a Waffle BBS clone in Python, which is now sufficiently far along that I’ve decided to announce its existence to anyone who might still be reading this newsgroup 🙂
If you happen to be interested, telnet to hq.pyffle.com for the test board, more details can be found at www.pyffle.com
As announced earlier, I was in the process of setting up a news service on B4GATE.
I am now satisfied that it works and am more than happy to set up feeds to members.
The current list of newsgroups is as follows:
uuhec.admin General UUHECNET admin issues
uuhec.hardware Discussion re: retro hardware
uuhec.uucp General discussion about UUCP
uuhec.dec Discussion about DEC hardware
uuhec.vms OpenVMS forum
uuhec.unix UNIX/Linux etc forum
uuhec.waffle Waffle BBS discussion
uuhec.random Random banter
uuhec.decnet DECNET networking forum
uuhec.hecnet Forum for members of the hobbyist DECNET, HECnet
uuhec.mac Macintosh (OS X) discussion
uuhec.mac.classic Classic Mac (System 1-9)
uuhec.8bit General 8-bit retrocomputing forum
uuhec.8bit.cbm Commodore 8-bit retrocomputing forum
uuhec.8bit.cpm CP/M and 8080/Z80 retrocomputing forum
uuhec.8bit.apple Apple I/II/III retrocomputing forum
uuhec.test Test area for people setting up systems
I’ve enabled Google Talk for the UUHEC.NET domain, I suggest I set up accounts for all of us, it’s a nice little service, based on Jabber, so you can use any client you wish (i.e. it’s not limited to Google Talk). Personally I’m using Adium, being a Mac user.
Please drop me a note if you want an account, I’ll then set this up for you.
If you already have a Jabber/Google Talk account, I can be reached at admin (at) uuhec.net
I’ve managed to get a provisional news over UUCP setup configured on B4GATE, and will be taking this live very soon.
Initially we will only offer UUHECNET internal groups, at the moment I am suggesting the following topics:
- uuhec.admin General admin issues, eventually gated to and from this mailing list
- uuhec.hardware Discussion re: retro hardware
- uuhec.uucp General discussion about UUCP
- uuhec.dec Discussion about DEC hardware
- uuhec.vms OpenVMS forum
- uuhec.unix UNIX/Linux etc forum
- uuhec.waffle Waffle BBS discussion
- uuhec.random Random banter
- uuhec.test Test area for people setting up systems
I am open to suggestions about more topics, drop me a message if you want a feed set up.
As of about 2100 BST last night, we have officially launched ourselves as UUHEC.NET.
Here’s a copy of the announcement on the HECnet mailing list that kicked the whole thing off:
From: Sampsa Laine
Date: Sun, 6 Jun 2010 20:52:10 +0100
Subject: Announcement: We've rolled out a retro UUCP network, UUHEC.net
Whilst not strictly HECnet related, I figured as this audience is
likely to be full of people who enjoy tinkering with various bits of
retro tech stuff and so I thought I'd let you know that we've rolled
out a small UUCP "network" between myself, Steve and Fred.
It runs over TCP links between our sites, mainly running Taylor UUCP,
however one of my hosts runs a 1992 bit of BBS software called Waffle
Let me know if anyone wants to join in, it's a giggle, really*. I'll
even route real internet mail for interested parties** - we have
registered the UUHEC.net domain for this purpose.
* Seriously, check out the crazy Waffle BBS software by logging into
CHIMPY as the user B4BBS and then log on as WAFFLE at B4BBS. It's
default messages keep cracking me up, random Zippy the Pinhead quotes
all over the place.
** Within reason.