BBS software for the PDP 11

jim stephens jwsmail at
Thu May 18 00:47:47 CDT 2017

On 5/17/2017 5:45 PM, devin davison via cctalk wrote:
> I have both a pdp 11/34 and 11/23 and am trying to find some bbs software
> to run. Preferably something that will run under an os and not monopolize
> the whole machine.
> Any suggestions? i have not had much luck finding anything.
> --Devin
You might troll for copies of Boardwatch magazine.  It was the center of 
the BBS universe (in some people's minds, there were others who despised 

I do recall vaguely people saying they were running larger systems, but 
it was mostly people who wanted to be friendly to the technical talent 
they were getting and have support machines for companies. They would 
hire 18 or 20 somethings, who would be able to log on to a BBS find 
files, etc., but take forever to figure out how to get into some of the 
crap systems that were around that were not BBS like interfaces.

Of course that was rare, but was around for businesses with the use case 
to need that sort of patch / support.

If someone had done such, it might have been in boardwatch if anywhere.  
I tossed tons of those in previous moves, so can't help with that.  Plus 
as has been stated it would have been rare, and looking  thru paper 
copies would be a long process and probably turn up little.

hopefully if you find Boardwatch digitally somewhere, or information 
derived from there you can turn up some things.


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