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I need a FidoNet™ Gateways to use with a BBS Server : NovaServer.
We talk to me about MacWoof. Don't know what is the best GateWays exist to use with Mac system.
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(Just a comment...you'd probably actually get a better response to your question if you ask it on the Fidonet echoes than here.
I remember there was an echo called MACCOMM or something like that that dealt with such issues.  I don't know if it's still around.)

I'd also suggest checking out http://www.shadowmac.org/.  In their FTP archives, they have a section for Mac BBS-related files.  You'll have to look through the archives for the past couple of years to see what's available.  There's not that much Fidonet stuff being released these days.  Everything is being switched over to the Internet.  You can download all the gateway software files that look like they might work and try each of them out.

I haven't used Fidonet in years but the BBS sysops I talked to
way back then all had different ideas on which was the best Fidonet gateway software.  The one NovaServer BBS I had an account on used the "Formula 1" gateway, I think.  Another popular one was "MacKennel".  Sompe people were still using the old Tabby gateway too.

Good luck!

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These GateWay don't use the TCP to connect ? I though FidoNet™ could be used via Internet.
Anyway, thanks. I'll take a look on ShadowMac.
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It's been a while since I used Fidonet software but traditionally (at least when I used it), Fidonet nodes connected to each other via direct modem-to-modem connections.

The best situation would be having your node connect to another node that was a local phone call, which would then pass your echomail to the next node until it reached its destination and vice versa.  It is similar to the way Usenet news used to be distributed via UUCP a long time ago.

This is what most of the node gateway software like Formula 1, MacKennel, and Tabby did.  Point software like MacWoof and COUNTERPoint allowed individual users to "point" off their node and connect (similar to leaf nodes on Usenet).  I don't know offhand whether the node gateway software allow you to
connect via TCP/IP.  They might.


I know some Fidonet BBSes will also let you exchange Fido EchoMail over the Internet.  I think they do this via FTP or
Telnet. Haven't really looked into this lately.  Try checking out http://www.fidonet.org/ for info.

Some Internet service providers also have some Fidonet echos
gatewayed as regular Usenet newsgroups, so that might also be an option.

On some Fidonet nodes which are also connected to the Internet, you can also send Internet email and have it received by the appropriate BBS.

I remember you could send email to address like
"FirstName.LastName@f190.n322.z1.fidonet.org" and it would get there but I don't know if that still works.  I remember hearing that the main Fidonet<->Internet email gateway at fidonet.org
was shut down because it became to costly to support when the Internet started to really take off a couple of years ago.



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Well. Thanks very much... I'll try these options. And see what I'll find.
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