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

David Lane kg4giy at gmail.com
Wed Dec 3 20:39:39 UTC 2008


Thanks Bob!

We have a long history of being involved (the ax.25 protocol was core in the
first kernel), so it is very good to see us still involved.

DAVID

On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 3:35 PM, Bob Nielsen <n7xy at clearwire.net> wrote:

> 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
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