TOM/Ayourk BBS Client

The TOM/Ayourk BBS Client is a program to aid users in connecting to various telnet BBSes on the internet. This client was originally designed only to connect to the ISCA BBS, and has grown to include capabilities of connecting to any BBS which implements a protocol similar to that of ISCA BBS. Please see the current list of supported BBSes. If you run a DOC or ABC BBS that's not listed, please read Submitting a BBS.

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Okay, okay, so you're here, you probably want to just get the client, right? Well, first you should read the documentation available on this website. It's very informative, and will help you get the most use out of the client. It will also answer most questions and help you solve most problems with the client. You should also read the next few paragraphs before downloading the client, too.

The TOM/Ayourk BBS Client version 2.16 was released on June 1, 2020. TOM will no longer be working on the 2.x series of this client. Instead, he will be working on the 3.0 version, while Ayourk works on the 2.x series. TOM and Ayourk are departing ways on very good terms, and will work together to ensure the 3.x and 2.x versions continue to use compatible configuration files.

For this release, both Win32 and Mac OS X are supported, as well as unix systems. Versions of Mac OS prior to X are not supported.

TOM's tabbsX program will come back later. For now, it doesn't work with the new version 2.16.

Ayourk and I spend a lot of time and effort to provide binaries of the client so that users don't have to compile the sources. Please make use of these binaries, if you can. Using the precompiled binaries makes it easier for us to provide technical support. If you cannot use a precompiled binary, please follow the directions on compiling very carefully. At this time, there aren't many binaries, but there will be more soon.

Go here to download a binary or the sources.

Bugs! Bugs!

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No, this isn't an announcement that there are lots of bugs. There are very few bugs, as a general rule. However, there are some bugs and Ayourk has provided a method for helping you, the user, help us fix them. Ayourk has set up a GNATS server which you can use to not only report bugs, but see what bugs have already been reported.

If you encounter a bug in the TOM/Ayourk BBS Client, you should report it immediately to our GNATS server. Please note that the GNATS server uses cookies. Because of this, there are two other URLs you may use to access it. The first uses permanent cookies, and the second uses temporary cookies. Also of note, the computer the server sits on is slow, and it may take several seconds to a few minutes to log in to the server. Use the login ID of guest, and its password is also guest. This is only a test system at this time, so please be kind to it, and be patient.

You can also see the entire list of open (that is, not fixed) bugs here.