• Who's using a Raspberry Pi for their BBS?

    From Morgul@314:314/275 to All on Tue Apr 27 17:50:48 2021
    I'm curious as to who is running their BBS on a Pi,what software you're using, and what were some of the hurdles you had to work out.

    So, I ran a WWIV BBS from 1992-2002 on a DOS PC. After shutting it down dur to lack of callers, I drifted away. I kept in touch with people who were still running WWIV and kind of kept abreast of what all was happening.

    In early 2020, I got interested in playing with the Raspberry Pi, and my first project was a NAS media server with RAID hard drives. I fell in love with the Pi, and was REALLY enjoying being back in a command line environment again.

    Then I got looking at BBSing again, talked with the current developer of WWIV, and decided to give it a shot. And here I am, back online after a 20 year hiatus.

    The BBS is running WWIV 5.7.1 on a Raspberry Pi 4b 4GB ram with a 128GB USB drive. The case is an old US Robotics Courier HST Dual Standard modem case. I still have to wire up a board with the LEDs and a connector to hook in to the Pi, and I've already written a python script that will emulate the modem lights for Waiting For Call, Incoming Call, and Caller Online. If I ever get off my butt to finish it, it'll be awesome.

    Biggest hurdle I had to work with was learning how to compile the binaries, and how to regularly update them. Because of the ARM technology, I couldn't just use precompiled binaries. So far it's working well.

    ͯ Morgul!


    --- WWIV 5.7.1.0001
    * Origin: ** The Trading Post [SOUTH] - Columbia, SC ** (314:314/275)
  • From Bucko@314:314/230 to Morgul on Tue Apr 27 19:35:47 2021
    Sounds like you are moving along.. I don't use my Pi for my BBS' although I have considered running one off of mine, I have been considering putting it
    in my living room and installing SyncTerm on it and using it for my weekend morning BBS callout sessions at 6am instead of using my chromebook and
    VNC'ing into my desktop.. I have Ubuntu 20.10 installed on one of my cards
    and the regular piOS on another.. (Need to pick up a few more sd cards for different projects)...

    --- Mystic BBS v1.12 A46 2020/08/26 (Windows/32)
    * Origin: The Wrong Number Family Of BBS' - Wrong Number ][ (314:314/230)
  • From Rushfan@314:314/275 to Morgul on Wed Apr 28 10:29:23 2021

    Biggest hurdle I had to work with was learning how to compile the
    binaries, and how to regularly update them. Because of the ARM
    technology, I couldn't just use precompiled binaries. So far it's
    working well.

    And now we have precompiled ARM64 binaries from a RPI-4 produced after every change now too (along with Winx86, and Debian/Centos-AMD64).

    Super cool to have a BBS on such a small form factor (and still feel like a BBS computer vs. something somewherein the cloud)

    rushfan


    --- WWIV 5.7.1.0001
    * Origin: ** The Trading Post [SOUTH] - Columbia, SC ** (314:314/275)