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fidonet


fidonet


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  FidoNet  n.  A  worldwide  hobbyist  network  of  personal  computers 
  which  exchanges  mail  discussion  groups,  and  files.  Founded  in  1984 
  and  originally  consisting  only  of  IBM  PCs  and  compatibles,  FidoNet  now 
  includes  such  diverse  machines  as  Apple  ][s,  Ataris,  Amigas,  and  Unix 
  systems.  For  years  FidoNet  actually  grew  faster  than  Usenet,  but  the 
  advent  of  cheap  Internet  access  probably  means  its  days  are  numbered. 
  In  early  1999  Fidonet  has  approximately  30,000  nodes,  down  from  38K 
  in  1996. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  FidoNet 
 
  A  worldwide  hobbyist  network  of  personal  computers  which 
  exchanges  {e-mail},  discussion  groups,  and  files.  Founded  in 
  1984  and  originally  consisting  only  of  {IBM  PC}s  and 
  compatibles,  FidoNet  now  includes  such  diverse  machines  as 
  {Apple  II}s,  {Atari}s,  {Amiga}s,  and  {Unix}  systems.  Though 
  it  is  much  younger  than  {Usenet},  FidoNet  is  already  (in  early 
  1991)  a  significant  fraction  of  {Usenet}'s  size  at  some  8000 
  systems. 
 
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