Sysops’ Corner: The History of BBSing

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History of BBSing 


AT&T introduces the first modem the Bell 103 (at 300 baud). 


April: Dennis C. Hayes begins selling PC modem products. 

August: Ward Christensen writes MODEM.ASM, which becomes XMODEM, the first binary file transfer protocol. 


February 16: The first known BBS came into being in Chicago, Illinois. Originally called a Computerized Bulletin Board System (CBBS) run by Ward Christensen. 


March: WWIV BBS Software was released to the public. 


June: Fidonet appears in a primitive form. 

December: Wayne Bell puts up the first WWIV BBS System, running version 1.0 of WWIV. 


July 4: Tim Stryker starts Galacticomm and releases MajorBBS


Telegard appears. 


The LORD (Legend of the Red Dragon) doorgame was released to the public. 

October 14: Chuck Forsberg releases his specification for ZMODEM 


Virtual Bulletin Board System (VBBS) v1.0 was released by Roland De Graaf. Total configuration of the system was done through scripts. Could be ran stand-alone or as a WWIV door. 

January 24: RemoteAccess BBS Software first released by Andrew Milner and Phil MacKay. 


RemoteAccess and Renegade becomes the most popular BBS Softwares in use by Sysops. 

August 1: Scott Brown and Roland Baroni form NuIQ Software, Inc. and release Powerboard BBS. 

September 9: AdventureNet started. 


This was the peak of the dialup BBS Scene. With more than 1000 dialup BBS’s available in any highly populated city. 

The LORD II (Legend of the Red Dragon II) doorgame was released to the public. 

Xpresit Net (orginally StarNet), a free speech network, was created. 


Infinet, a free speech network, was created. 

August 15: MirageNet started. 

October 25: Nexus BBS Software is released to the public. 


As the Internet and the World Wide Web become more popular, you start to see more and more BBS Support Websites popping up all over the web. Sysops also start offering email, newsgroups, and other types of Internet access to thier dialup users. 

Infinet II was created after the disollution of Infinet. 

Virtual Advanced BBS (VADV) v1.0 was released by Roland De Graaf. Successor to the VBBS software. Allowed Internet connectivity, such as Internet email, NNTP newsgroups, and IRC chat. 

July: NuIQ Software/Powerboard BBS cease operation and transfers customer base to Jim Harrer’s Mustang Software (producers of the Wildcat! Interactive Net Server). 


PPPBBS v1.0 was released by Roland De Graaf. A complete ISP solution. Could be ran as a standalone BBS or as a frontend for other BBS software. Allowed callers to connect to the Internet via PPP connection. Built-in SMTP/POP3, WWW and FTP servers also. 

Nexus BBS Software stops being supported by its author. 

Mystic BBS Software is released to 

via Sysops’ Corner: History of BBSing.


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One Response to Sysops’ Corner: The History of BBSing

  1. greg says:

    300 baud…those were the days

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