In addition to the Internet and the large commercial services, there
are private bulletin board systems (BBSs) dedicated
to discussions and distributions of information for specific hardware
platforms (e.g., PC, Macintosh, or Amiga),
corporations (e.g., Adobe, Apple), and software products (e.g.,
CorelDraw!). Some estimates put the total number of
BBSs at as many as 60,000. The largest amount of
traffic in these BBSs is in files, but the FidoNet,
RIME, and ILink networks provide conferences of
services akin to the Internet newsgroups described in Appendix A, Graphics Files and Resources on the Internet, or the CompuServe and AOL conferences described
earlier in this appendix.
Here is a sampling of private BBSs of special interest to graphics
programmers; for each, the network technology (e.g., Fido) is
- AtariNet (uses Fido and includes discussions about
Atari home computers and related topics). Conference topics include
Atari graphics (ATARI.GRAPHICS).
- FidoNet (uses Fido and includes a host network and
many subnets). Conference topics include Amiga video graphics and
desktop video (AMIGA_VIDEO).
- Inter-Comm Network (ICN) (uses
Fido and includes many echomail conference areas). Conference
topics include image processing and graphics (IMAGEPRO) and
CD-ROM technology and
- ILink (uses QWK and includes many
professional forums, including those from
AT&T, Novell, and Hayes). Conference topics
include graphics (GRAPHICS) and CD-ROM
- Magnet (uses Fido and is aimed at the computer
hobbyist). Conference topics include graphics
- RIME (uses Postlink). Conference topics include
- SourceNet (uses Fido/QWK and is
aimed particularly at programmers). Conference topics include
compression software (COMPRESSION) and the various hardware
platforms and operating systems (e.g., MAC, WINDOWS, UNIX,
- WildNet (uses Fido/QWK and
contains a broad range of topics, both technical and personal).
Conference topics include application areas (e.g., COREL DRAW),
CD-ROM technology (CD-ROM), and graphics
software and files (GRAPHICS).
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