31-December-2001: SyncFossil 2.00 RELEASED

SyncFossil 2.00 has been made available for download. SyncFossil allows you to run DOS based doors from within EleBBS/W32 without using other programs (like NetSerial or NetModem). SyncFossil uses FOSSIL driver code from SynchronetBBS hence the name. This new version fixes a bug with very poor performance of some doors. Please consult READ.ME for more information
Click here to download.





10-November-2001: eleIRCDOOR 0.01 RELEASED

eleIRCDOOR is EleIRC (as seen in EleBBS), but as a standalone door. The door requires any Door32 BBS (Mystic, Synchronet) and offers a subset of the features also offered in EleBBS itself. It should not be used by EleBBS Sysops.
Click here to download.





28-October-2001: SyncFossil 1.00 RELEASED

SyncFossil 1.00 has been made available for download. SyncFossil allows you to run DOS based doors from within EleBBS/W32 without using other programs (like COM/IP or NetModem). SyncFossil uses FOSSIL driver code from SynchronetBBS hence the name.
Click here to download.





30-September-2001: EleBBS v0.09.g1 RELEASED

EleBBS v0.09.g1 has been released and is now available from the downloads page.





12-August-2001: EleBBS v0.09.g1 UPDATE

EleBBS v0.08.g1 turned out to be a very solid release, and not many bugs were reported.
Ever since this release, EleBBS' development has been progressing with some major enhancements on it's way - both clearly visible (EleXer) as less visible (partly rewritten mail engine). Also, a lot of attention has been focused at EleWEB - the new webbased interface to EleBBS which hopefully will be integrated into EleBBS.
Another item that has got lots of attention is EleBBS/Linux - the version has progressed immensely since the last public release of EleBBS, and will be officially launched at the same date EleBBS v0.09.g1 will be released.
We are currently preparing for a release, hoping to be able to set a release date within a few days.
In the meanwhile, the WHATSNEW-file of EleBBS v0.09.g1 has been posted and can be viewed here




24-June-2001: EleWEB

After many months there has finally been released a new beta version of EleWEB - the web interface to your EleBBS users, messages and files.
The new EleWEB is a complete rewrite from earlier versions and utilizes the new EleXer scripting language which will be officially introduced in EleBBS v0.09.g1.
The new EleWEB allows for much more flexibility, is faster, easier and uses less resources than previous EleWEB versions.
The only downside of this new version of EleWEB is that previous modified Q-A files are no longer supported, as this EleWEB only uses EleXer scripts.
Please mail me if you are interested in evaluating EleWEB.




29-October-2000: EleBBS v0.08.g1 RELEASED

EleBBS v0.08.g1 has been released to the public. Please be patient while mirror sites are being updated. If you have any questions or suggestions, please mail me.




15-October-2000: EleBBS v0.08.g1 RELEASE DATE SET

The new gamma-release of EleBBS v0.08.g1 will be released on the 29th of October 2000. It has been more than 6 months before this new release of EleBBS which is the longest since v0.01.g1. This new release will include a great number of bugfixes which should improve the stability and usability of EleBBS. If you have any questions or suggestions, please mail me.



20-September-2000: EleBBS v0.07.g1 UPDATE

Since the release of EleBBS v0.07.g1 of 5th March 2000 there were a few bugs reported, and many more fixed.
We are currently preparing for an release, hoping to be able to set a release date within a few days.
In the meanwhile, the WHATSNEW-file of EleBBS v0.08.g1 has been posted and can be viewed here



13-August-2000: EleCOM v1.2 released

EleCOM has now been updated to use the latest (up-to-date) code again, which also fixes some bugs and is a bit less resource hungry. Click here to download it. EleCOM is the complete ObjectPascal source to a OOP communications unit, which provides Serial I/O communications for both the DOS, OS/2 and Win32 platforms. EleCOM is exactly used like this in EleBBS.
If you want to be notified upon a new release of EleCOM, please feel free to mail me.



29-July-2000: DOOR32 standard

Door32 is a standard developed for creating 32-bit cross platform BBS doors games. Door32 also allows these games to be functional under both dialup and telnet connections. The specifications for Door32 are available on this page. You can find various programming libraries and doors that support the Door32 standard on the Door32 webpage.



20-May-2000: EleWEB in beta

EleWEB has passed the stage of being alpha, and is now in beta-test. To evaluate EleWEB please mail me and a notification will be sent to you each time the EleWEB beta is updated.



05-March-2000: EleBBS v0.07.g1 RELEASED

The new gamma-release of EleBBS v0.07.g1 is now available from this site, alternate download locations will be added when available.




29-February-2000: EleBBS v0.07.g1 RELEASE DATE SET

The new gamma-release of EleBBS v0.07.g1 will be released on the 5th of March 2000. This new release will include a great number of bugfixes which should improve the stability and usability of EleBBS.



20-February-2000: EleBBS v0.07.g1 UPDATE

Since the release of EleBBS v0.06.g1 of 28th November 1999 there were many bugs reported, and many more fixed.
We are currently preparing for an release, hoping to be able to set a release date within a few days.
In the meanwhile, the WHATSNEW-file of EleBBS v0.07.g1 has been posted and can be viewed here



28-November-1999: EleBBS v0.06.g1 RELEASED

The new gamma-release of EleBBS v0.06.g1 is now available from this site, alternate download locations will be added when available.
The latest communication sources of EleBBS are also available from the main download page.



25-November-1999: EleCOM v1.1 released

EleBBS v0.06.g1 will have some (small) changes in the communications unit. EleCOM has now been updated to use the latest (up-to-date) code again, which also fixes some bugs and is a bit less resource hungry. Click here to download it.



14-October-1999: EleWEB development announced

Currently in early stage of development is a new product called EleWEB. EleWEB will be offering an HTML interface to your BBS'es using an webbrowser. EleWEB will use your current configuration, userbase and messagebase files so that the EleWEB system can offer 'just another interface' to your EleBBS BBS.
EleWEB is not an webserver - it's rather a collection of CGI programs (currently available for Win32 and Linux, OS/2 is being worked on), so that you can keep your current webserver - it has been tested using Apache, Xitami and MS IIS. EleWEB is being designed to offer your users an 'familiar' interface to your BBS, while trying to keep the 'feel' BBSes have.
If you are interessted in testing EleWEB, and are running an WebServer on OS/2, Linux or Win32, feel free to email me with your details - especially FidoNet members are encouraged to do so.



14-October-1999: EleBBS v0.06.g1 RELEASE DATE SET

The new gamma-release of EleBBS v0.06.g1 will be released on the 28th of November 1999. This new release will include a great number of bugfixes which should improve the stability and usability of EleBBS. This new release of EleBBS will also introduce the support of using an FTP server like it was a normal area, lots of improvements to NEWSSRV and the introduction of EleMON.



25-July-1999: EleBBS status update

The EleBBS v0.05.g1 release turned out to be a solid release. There aren't any "show-stopper" bugs reported and a lot of new people are starting to use EleBBS. Also, we introduced EleBBS/Linux which got some interessting looks from quiete a few people. We're currently working on a new EleBBS that generally introduces some new features, and as always, a new release date can't be set yet ;-)



27-June-1999: EleBBS v0.05.g1 RELEASED

The new gamma-release of EleBBS v0.05.g1 is now available from this site, alternate download locations will be added when available.
The communication sources of EleBBS are also available from the main download page.



06-June-1999: EleBBS v0.05.g1 RELEASE DATE SET

The new gamma-release of EleBBS v0.05.g1 will be released on the 27th of june 1999. This new release will include a great number of bugfixes which should improve the stability and usability of EleBBS, as well as some major speed improvements in the communications areas and in the message reader / filelister. Also, this new release will introduce a new program named NEWSSRV. NEWSSRV is an NNTP server (aka usenet server) that allows you to put your messagebase up for reading by any newsgroup-client (eg: Outlook).
At the same date the sourcecode to my communications units will also be released.



23-May-1999: NEW STEP IN BETA CYCLE OF GAMMA-5

EleBBS v0.05.g1 has had some troubles getting out because of the completely new communications engine introduced shortly after the GAMMA-4 release. Fortunately, those bugs have been fixed and a lot of other small bugfixes has been done as well as new features be added.
Since almost 4 weeks there is a total feature freeze, meaning that suggested new features were not implemented anymore. Since today, we have started an so-called RC-cycle which means that all beta's that are sent out to the beta team are complete releases and that there aren't any (major) problems expected anymore. We hope to have an release out pretty soon!



02-May-1999: SERVICE RELEASE DELAYED

The original plans were to release a service release pretty quick after the release of EleBBS v0.04.g1 to fix the remaining bugs and implement some of the hard needed enhancements. Unfortunately, during the beta testing of v0.04.g2 it turned out that the enhancements contained some bugs and also other bugs started to turn up. The bugfixing and enhancing of EleBBS is now taking such a long time, that has been decided that the service release will be skipped and that we will work towards another full gamma-release (called v0.05.g1) as soon as possible. When we'll be able to provide this release is yet unsure but we're doing the best to make this as soon as possible.



20-March-1999: GAMMA-4 SERVICE RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT

The release of EleBBS v0.04.g1 has probably the most successfull release till date. The amount of reactions was huge and till date there hasn't been an major bug reported yet. A major bug is qualified when EleBBS crashes or exits incorrectly. However, there are a number of bugs reported that make EleBBS not as bug-free as we would like to see it. Therefore, fairly soon there will be an service-release available. Currently, we cannot announce a final release date just yet because the beta program is currntly running.



20-March-1999: DOOR LIBRARY FOR PASCAL

Because there are major problems supporting doors in EleBBS/W32 and EleBBS/GUI and there aren't any specific TELNET doors available we have decided to release the communications library used in EleBBS. This is a library written in Pascal which will compile for TurboPascal, VirtualPascal v2.0, Delphi v2.0 and FreePascal and will include full sourcecode.
Together with the Mystic BBS author we have decided that just a communications library might be a bit scarce, so we have joined our efforts to create one doorlibrary with all the most used routines built in.
The communications library will be available together with an service- release as announced in the above news-item.



17-February-1999: EleBBS v0.04.g1 RELEASE DATE SET

The new gamma-release of EleBBS v0.04.g1 will be released on the 28th of february 1999. This new release will include a great number of bugfixes which should improve the stability and usability of EleBBS, as well as general speed improvements and some nice new features. Also, this new release will introduce some new programs like an built-in TELNET server to make your BBS available for telnet as well as an newsgroups importer/exporter.
For example code how to read longfilenames look at LFNEXAM.ZIP on the downloads page.



01-January-1999: New features


Since the latest release, a lot of things in EleBBS has been changed and a great number of bugs has been fixed.
Below is a list of some of the new features the next EleBBS will probably have:

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  • There will be two seperate Windows versions - one called EleBBS/GUI which is the version you have known uptill now (in graphics mode). The other is called EleBBS/W32 which is a textmode EleBBS version but still fully 32-bit and with all the benefits from using an 32-bits application.
     
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  • There will be a built-in IRC client to use - your users now can connect to any standard IRC server on the internet and join in chatrooms (Windows and OS/2 versions only).
     
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  • Built-in telnet server for EleBBS/OS2, EleBBS/W32 and EleBBS/GUI. This is a very basic telnet server which allows you to put your BBS up for incoming telnet connections. This implementation cannot support the current traditional doors, so to run doors an addition program (like NetModem/32 or VMODEM) is recommended.
     
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  • There will be an EleNEWS - this program can grab newsgroups from a standard NNTP server and toss them directly into your JAM or Hudson messagebase. Users are also able to post in the message-board and these messages are posted back to the newsgroup (only OS/2 and Windows)
     
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  • Long FileName (LFN) support in EleBBS/W32, EleBBS/GUI and EleBBS/OS2.
     
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  • Great number of new commands to the questionnaire scripting language.
     
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  • You can now define up-to 20 different nodenumbers to use in your message areas.




    15-November-1998: Known bugs in EleBBS


    Since the release of EleBBS v0.03.g1 there are a number of bugs discovered.
  • EleBBS can runtime-error 202 after an upload. This problem is addressed in the next release of EleBBS.
  • When trying to add files using EleFILE or EleMGR in the Windows version, this will sometimes fail. This problem is being looked into, a current solution is to use the DOS versions.




  • 01-November-1998: EleBBS webpage available again


    As some of you have experienced, the EleBBS homepage was not available for several days. This was because the page exceeded the maximum traffic limit allowed by my ISP. This traffic limit is extended to 1 gigabyte (by my ISP). This should not be exceeded anytime soon ;)



    25-October-1998: EleBBS v0.03.g1 HAS BEEN RELEASED

    EleBBS v0.03.g1 has been released for all platforms.



    22-October-1998: EleBBS v0.03.g1 RELEASE DATE SET


    EleBBS v0.03.g1 will be released at 26 October 1998. This new release will include a great number of bug fixes, enhancements and new features as well as general improvements. A small (and not complete) number of new features are listed below:

  • Now included is an userbase and filebase maintenance program (EleMGR)
  • Included now are installation instructions as well as an installation batchfile which will give you an up-and-running EleBBS configuration within 10 minutes after unpacking.
  • EleBBS/GUI includes an Waiting For Caller screen, making it possible to run it as a standalone application.
  • There are a great number of new questionnaire commands introduced
  • New EleMGR and ELCONFIG programs available for EleBBS/W32 which are console ("text mode") applications.
  • EleMGR and EleFILE can extract FILE_ID.DIZ's and DESC.SDI's file from an archive.


  • Apart from these new features, there a great number of bug-fixes in this new release.



    09-September-1998: Known bugs and work arounds


    The Win32 and OS/2 versions of EleBBS can crash (just pop out, or give an "Access Violation") just after loading the main menu. You fix this by creating (using ElConfig) a GLOBALRA menu, this one might be empty. This bug is fixed in the next version of EleBBS.


    08-September-1998: ELEBBS v0.02.G1 RELEASED


    EleBBS v0.02.g1 has been released today. Go to the downloads section to download the program. This second gamma release fixes a great number of bugs and also introduces some new features.


    06-September-1998: Mailinglist


    One of the users of EleBBS has setup an mailinglist. Click here to read more about it. Any queries then please feel free to email pbarley@bigfoot.com


    02-September-1998: RELEASE DATE GAMMA-2 HAS BEEN SET


    The release date of the 2nd gamma release of EleBBS has been set to 8 september. This release will fix all known bug-fixes discovered since the release of gamma-2. EleBBS v0.02.g1 will also include some new features under which internal lightbar support for the menus, an extended questionnaire scripting language.


    09-August-1998: Current status of EleBBS


    After the first public gamma release of EleBBS (click here to download) there were a number of bugs discovered. At the moment we are reviewing all the bugs and are testing the fixed code. After the reported bugs are fixed, and all new code has been tested, we will release the 2nd gamma of EleBBS. Below are a number of things that were reported many times:

  • EleBBS/2 did not handle comports very well (when passing from an mailer), fixed.
  • EleBBS was giving a message about "160 bytes memory leak", this is fixed.
  • The IEMSI split-screen chatter was missing from EleBBS. Fixed.
  • EleBBS/WIN32 could halt with a message saying that the font was not "Fixed-pitch"
  • Implemented internal lightbar support into EleBBS. This does not affect current configurations
  • EleBBS/2 was not able to run with CFOS/2, fixed.

  • 17-July-1998: RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCEMENT



    EleBBS will have an public gamma release coming Friday, 17th of July 1998, and will include platform-native versions for DOS, OS/2 and WindowsNT/Windows95/Windows98.

    EleBBS is a completely independent BBS system fully compatible with an existing RA v2.50 configuration. This gamma release will not be as stable as the final version will be, but this release can give you an idea how development progresses with EleBBS and can seriously be used to replace your current RA configuration.

    The release will contain native versions for the programs EleBBS, EleFILE, EleNODE and EleUSER. The DOS and OS/2 packages will also have a native version of ElConfig included.

    These versions are fully functional and will NOT require an key-file, unlike the beta versions available before on the homepage.

    The EleBBS packages will be offered for download Friday 17th of July on this homepage.