On May 3, 2010 12:12:54 am Ray Wells wrote:
> The packet network has greatly diminished in size over the last ten
> years, with many (most) nodes (of all flavours) and bbs's having
> disappeared. There was never a lot of Linux users in vk.
> However, packet is still surviving in UI mode courtesy of APRS, and
> nodes are springing up everywhere. Programs such as xastir, which is
> Linux based, are ensuring a future need for ax25 under Linux. With many
> operators opting for soundmodem, the need for a howto is still current,
> Getting back to packet, there is still a world-wide Netrom network and,
> both Rose and Flexnet are in use in small(ish) pockets around the world.
> The fpac implementation of Rose for Linux by F6FBB, and now maintained
> by Bernard, F6BVP, is really excellent and new nodes are appearing in
> the US and Australia, among other places.
> I've been using Linux for packet since John Tanner, VK2ZXQ, introduced
> me to it (Linux) in 1992/3, and I still use it today because it lets me
> do things Windows has never let me do - in AR.
> I'm happy to converse privately if you want more local information.
> Ray vk2tv
There does seem to be a widespread diminishment in packet use everywhere, but
I do hope to get back on packet with one of my OpenSuSe boxes and an old TNC.
Unfortunately nothing these days even comes with a comm port - just USB ones,
although adaptors are easy enough to come by.
Robert Smits Email bob(a)rsmits.ca
VE7HS, Ladysmith BC Canada
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