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[linux] Building a better mousetrap - replacement for xFBB?

Chris kc2rgw at gmail.com
Wed Dec 3 19:56:07 UTC 2008

Ubuntu has it

This from a current 8.04 LTS box

fbb            7.04j-7        Packet radio mailbox and utilities

2008/12/3 David Lane <kg4giy at gmail.com>:
> Greetings,
> I have a problem.  I cannot find the libraries necessary to build up xFBB,
> so I want to come at it a different way.  Here is what I am trying to
> achieve:
> We want a bbs that will store and forward messages via packet or telnet and
> includes:
> 1)  a method of sending receiving lists to 1 or more locations
> 2) be able to automatically forward mail to another node so it goes out on
> our emergency management network
> 3) create a local mailbox for non-national emergencies
> 4) act as a backup the winlink station without having to use the Internet.
> Ideally, this would be built on current (2007-2009) hardware and linux/open
> source code.
> xFBB was the solution, but the libraries for ax25, lesstif, ls-d and such
> are no longer available for the 4.07j version on code earlier than Core 7
> and it will not complile on Core 7 or later (I have already sent email to
> the xFBB list with the errors and received no response). Someone mentioned
> that xFBB is included in a Slackware distro, but I have not been able to
> track down that distro.
> So I am looking for ideas on how to build a better mouse trap.  The ax.25
> and TCP/IP stacks are native in the 2.6 kernel, so I wondering if it is just
> a matter of wiring some existing software in a different manner that I
> haven't considered (for example, using postfix as the mail agent and
> enabling telnet over ax.25).  Sadly, while I understand TCP/IP networking,
> the wiring and protocols in the packet side of the house are not so clear to
> me.
> Our primary packet interface is Outpost and we are being pushed hard to use
> Winlink and Airmail which seems counter productive to me.
> Thoughts, questions, ideas?
> Thanks,
> --
> David A. Lane, KG4GIY
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