[nos-bbs] Why JNOS?

Alan Sieg WB5RMG wb5rmg at somenet.net
Mon Mar 21 23:45:02 EDT 2011

I'm admittedly getting slower, but external factors produce lotsa drag.
This post is from 'way back in Feb 2011' . . .

I may have missed other replies of value, but Bill's response has
prompted a new blog post on my site http://wb5rmg.wordpress.com,
which within minutes has already received additional comments.

Please feel free to add any comments of your own....
  Thanks   /;^)

> My reply below:
> Bill
> On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 11:34 AM, Bill V WA7NWP <wa7nwp at gmail.com> wrote:
>> An interesting query on the 44net list...    I know my reasons but it
>> would be interesting to hear from those others on here still using
>> JNOS:
>> 73
>> Bill - WA7NWP
>> ----
>> Is the main reason that people are still running//supporting/using
>> NOS/JNOS etc. for 44net and packet radio application mostly one of
>> legacy?  When one has An OS that can and does provide all the network
>> level connectivity and routing functions as well as various protocols
>> for chat, mail, news, messaging and general communication one could
>> host and run anything.  Why NOS/JNOS?
>> AF6EP
> Why NOS?
> Lots of nostelgia.  It's a visit back to the good old days of packet
> radio and TCP on AX25.
> NOS is manageable and open.  It's not hard to browse the source to
> find where something is done and then change it if so desired.
> NOS is Educational - it's easy to see what's happening as the
> connections progress.
> It's a VM - before VM's were cool.   *NOS allows setting up a nearly
> independent virtual machine and can be cleanly removed or moved to a
> different system with minimal effort.
> It's the Linux swiss army knife of packet programs.  It exchanges
> data/messages with almost all other amateur Packet Radio program.  It
> can gateway between the various Email and Packet formats.  We can do
> this now with BPQ32 on windows but I don't know of anything so feature
> rich in the NIX world.
> It runs on a HPLX95...  How's that for a low power portable TCP over
> AX25 system?
> It gives essentially all the WL2K functionality - in 640K DOS.  :-)
> Why NOT NOS?
> I wouldn't use NOS for a basic IP/AX25 packet routing solution...   A
> simple nix box or upgraded router with the ax25 stack would do that.
> I wouldn't use NOS for a home packet AX25 packet stack/router - BPQ32
> has surpassed what JNOS or even Linux can do here.
> I wouldn't use NOS for a packet client - Outpost PM does that.
> I wouldn't recommend NOS for a new user.  It's a true geek experience.
> I'm sure I'll think of more but that's enough for now...
> 73
> Bill - WA7NWP
> PS.  I got a good start on getting NOS going, once again, last night.
> It just felt good to relive some of those hundreds of hours doing the
> JNOS configuration dance.
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