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MEBBSNet v1.0 SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE
THE FOLLOWING IS COPYRIGHT (C) 1993, MEBBS ENGINEERING AND SOFTWARE.
This electronic document is freely redistributable provided it is
made available in its ENTIRETY, and may NOT be modified, altered, prefixed,
or appended to in any fashion without the express written permission of
MEBBS Engineering and Software.
MEBBS Engineering and Software is pleased to announce a release date
for MEBBSNet BBS v1.0 of August 31st, 1993.
As you may know MEBBS Engineering and Software purchased StarNet BBS
from the previous owner last fall and has used the ensuing months to
perform major rewrites, build in numerous changes and fix existing
Among the enhancements, fixes, and changes you can expect to see in
MEBBSNet v1.0 are:
o DRASTIC reduction in executable size. The MEBBSNet executable is
now under 290k vs. 380k+ for StarNet. (Possibilities are good it
will shrink even further before release as fine tuning continues).
o DRASTIC reduction in the amount of system STACK usage. MEBBSNet
only requires a 20k stack for operation (Down from 60k in StarNet).
o DRASTIC increase in execution speed. Sophisticated programming
techniques and removal of 'busy loops' have resulted in incredible
speed increases in system operation.
o Removal of all Enforcer and MungWall problems. The software has
been converted to TRUE 32bit base-relative addressing, and uses a
'vanilla' compile (no switches needed at compile time).
o WorkBench v1.3 Compatable.
o Complete new file transfer protocol operation. Existing file transfer
protocols have been completely removed (and suffered a horrible, fiery
death :-)). XPR protocols are now used for file transfers, and are
Sysop configurable via an included GUI utility. There is no hardcoded
limit to the number of XPR's you may use. (Hooks are in place to allow
XPR protocols to be configurable by accesslevel in v2.0)
o Libraritized Task Management system keeps memory usage to a minimum
while maintaining a secure and stable environment.
o 3rd Party Developers Library and programming support
(MEBBSutility.library). Developers are furnished full library
information, example code, and complete documentation in 'autodoc'
o 3rd Party Developers are assured upwards compatability with new releases
of the MEBBSutility.library -- no more recompiling when a new version is
released. If it works under MEBBSNet v1.0, it WILL work under future
o Graphic User Interface (GUI) utilities for Editing system configuration,
Users, and Files (MEBBScfg, MEBBSue, MEBBSfl). Library functions available
for 3rd party developers to write software that will access these features
via remote operation.
o Support for alternate character sets.
o Full Internal ASCII string configurability. This includes not only the
text itself, but also the Menu Command letters.
o Serial I/O has been rewritten from the ground up with an eye on stability
o Support for 16,800 bps modems. (Early betatesting has shown 16,800 bps
file transfers to exceed 1950 cps on binary files, with more improvement
likely before release.)
o NEW Modem Compiler
o NEW Menu Compiler
o NEW ARexx port (with MORE features)
o NEW Nodelist Compiler (MEBBSnlp)
o CLI Door support.
o Emulator for running existing StarNet doors.
o NEW Line-oriented Message Editor (Full-Screen Editor(s) are already in
development by 3rd parties at this time).
o All file I/O code rewritten. (No more 'lost' files.)
o Internal File Indexing routines rewritten using linked-lists. ReIndexing
now is fast as well as easy on the CPU.
o Support for alternate 'FrontEnds' rewritten for proper operation.
o Internal FrontEnd now supports EMSI.
o NEW Tosser/Packer (MEBBStoss), is 5x faster than the previous Tosser/
Packer and supports 4-D Addressing.
o Mail packets are processed in chronological order. No more reading
replies before the original.
o Point.CTL file removed. All point information is contained in Areas.ctl
o PassThru.ctl removed. All Passthru information is contained in Areas.ctl
o Tagnames are no longer tied to a particular messagebase #. If you move
a messagebase from one area to another, Areas.ctl no longer needs
to be modified.
o If a FidoNet (c) network transfer is aborted ALL files contained in the
.FLO file are reinserted for later transmission. (This includes file-
attaches, .tic files, etc..)
o NewUser Login has been rewritten for more logical operation. The old
problem of a newuser entering an existing handle no longer dumps them
back to the beginning.
o NodeList search function rewritten for proper operation.
o MEBBSbase now removes 'holes' (deleted file #'s) from the filebases
upon initialization (aka 'NOGAPS').
o General reorganization of the system for more logical operation. For
FidoNet(c) systems, Areas.ctl now handles 4-D Addressing, Passthrus,
o All user-configurable text files (.ctl) now reside in the MEBBSnet:S
directory. A Sysop now need only look one place to find configurable
textfiles. 3rd party developers are encouraged to use this reorganization
change for their utilities also.
o Log files now are more descriptive and consistant. This will allow for
3rd party utilities for billing, and other things that rely upon system
logs for operation to operate easier and with greater efficiency.
o Modem Dial-out functions have been completely rewritten.
o Eight Support Site systems available 24 hours a day to registered users.
Four are located in the United States, 1 each in Australia, Denmark,
Sweden, and the United Kingdom. All are available via FidoNet(c) and
some are available via alternate networks.
o Support is taken VERY SERIOUSLY by MEBBS Engineering and Software
and every effort will be taken to address problems encountered by
o Software Upgrade Fees, MEBBSNet v1.0:
Registered StarNet licensees: NO CHARGE
o Documentation Upgrade Fees, MEBBSNet v1.0: (Not set at this time)
A completely new manual will be made available upon release. Due to
printing costs, it will be made available at our cost (We are NOT in
the manual selling business!). Cost has not been determined at this
time, and will be set after quotes have been received from printers.
Director, MEBBSNet BBS Product Development
MEBBS Engineering and Software