[nos-bbs] Linux and JNOS

Rev. Carl Cook 6meterdxhunter at gmail.com
Thu Jun 11 22:50:22 EDT 2009

Hello Bob, thanks for the info. I was looking at the Ubuntu today and ran it 
as a live cd just to play with it for a while. Looks very interesting at 
first glance but time will tell. I was talking to a friend and local ham 
today about it and he said that it should work fine for me. Although he runs 
Msys as his bbs. But we used to have another ham that forwarded to me and he 
had hf and vhf. I want to run hf-vhf-uhf all at the same time. Should be 
very interesting. Thanks again and God Bless
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bob Nielsen" <n7xy at clearwire.net>
To: "TAPR xNOS Mailing List" <nos-bbs at tapr.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2009 10:22 PM
Subject: Re: [nos-bbs] Linux and JNOS

> I'll add a few comments to Skip's answers...
> I ran a JNOS gateway at a remote location for several years and  switching 
> to Linux was fairly uneventful.  With JNOS 1.10 on DOS, the  available 
> memory would drop quickly in a 24/7 operation (I even put a  mechanical 
> timer on the PC power supply to force a reboot daily!).   Switching to 
> Linux on the same computer (486-100) made it much more  stable and it 
> would run for months on end without needing to restart.
> As to the Linux learning curve, having had several years of NET/NOS 
> experience really helped, since the commands are very Unix-y.  I made  the 
> transition after I retired 15 years ago (Linux has come a long  way since 
> then, but so has Windows).
> 73, Bob N7XY
> On Jun 11, 2009, at 2:57 PM, George [Skip] VerDuin wrote:
>> Hi again Carl...
>> Rev. Carl Cook wrote:
>>> Hello everyone, I was thinking of switching my DOS box over to a  Linux 
>>> Ubuntu 9.04 box.
>> Not a "new" topic.  Nor is the answer always the same...
>>> I have read a lot of good things about it but was looking for some 
>>> first hand advice. Have or do any of you run this type of setup?
>> The Linux platform is common around this neck of the woods, various 
>> distros.  Those who chose to convert are mostly happy with the  results. 
>> Certainly the newest features are going to be found on  the Linux 
>> platform.
>> That said, conversion is seldom painless.  There is a learning  curve 
>> when one's history doesn't contain OS-X, UNIX, and the like  [WINx 
>> doesn't count].  It is fair to say: "If it ain't broke --  don't fix 
>> it.".  All of this paragraph is off limits to the  inquiring mind.
>> Many die-hards remain active with the DOS platform -- and for good 
>> reason / what they have is well known to them, some have heavily 
>> modified their own code / they risk losing their favorite feature 
>> without significant work, and IT WORKS as-is.  NOS is a light  resource 
>> user -- it fits nicely on older and smaller hardware with  DOS.  Does 
>> your use fit this pattern?
>> JNOS itself probably doesn't warrant changing platforms.  When  starting 
>> from scratch Linux is perhaps the better choice.  As for  my install --  
>> jnos sits in the back corner of my 2core Linux  Workstation running 24/7. 
>> I reboot after 90days if no update has  caused a more recent one.  No 
>> crashes here [knock on wood].  The  workload runs around 200 concurrent 
>> processes including three BOINC  projects that guarantee 100% CPU 
>> consumption --  I never see jnos  over 0.01%.  Jnos and jnoswiki both 
>> just sit there "doing their  thing".
>>> Any Pros or Cons on this? Thanks and God Bless
>>> Carl N4ERO
>> Good luck with your decision, and if you choose to dabble in Linux, 
>> happy landings.  I expect you'll like it.
>> 73
>> Skip
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