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

Bob Nielsen n7xy at clearwire.net
Wed Dec 3 20:35:26 UTC 2008


The best support for amateur radio programs is in Debian and its  
offspring (incl. Ubuntu) and OpenSuSe.  This is probably a result of  
hams being involved in putting together the distros (is Alan Cox  
still part of Red Hat?)

Bob, N7XY

On Dec 3, 2008, at 11:59 AM, David Lane wrote:

> OK.  Didn't want to have to learn yet another distro, but that  
> might work.
>
> Thanks,
>
> DAVID
>
> On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 2:56 PM, Chris <kc2rgw at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
> > --
> > David A. Lane, KG4GIY
> > EC/RO Prince William County ARES(R)/RACES
> > +1.703.628.3868
> > http://www.pwcares.org/
> > IM/Skype: kg4giy
> >
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