FidoNet

(redirected from netmail)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to netmail: Webmail, Netflix

FidoNet

A worldwide hobbyist network of personal computers which exchanges e-mail, discussion groups, and files. Founded in 1984 and originally consisting only of IBM PCs and compatibles, FidoNet now includes such diverse machines as Apple IIs, Ataris, Amigas, and Unix systems. Though it is much younger than Usenet, FidoNet is already (in early 1991) a significant fraction of Usenet's size at some 8000 systems.
This article is provided by FOLDOC - Free Online Dictionary of Computing (foldoc.org)

FidoNet

An email system developed in 1984 by Tom Jennings, creator of the Fido BBS. It was the first popular method of providing email and file transfer across multiple BBSs. FidoNet, as well as all BBS use, has declined dramatically in the U.S., but FidoNet has also grown in other countries. Today, there are more than 10,000 FidoNet nodes in use around the world, many of which are used to provide an email connection to the Internet. For more information, visit www.fidonet.org.
Copyright © 1981-2019 by The Computer Language Company Inc. All Rights reserved. THIS DEFINITION IS FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. All other reproduction is strictly prohibited without permission from the publisher.
References in periodicals archive ?
Many BBS systems are accommodate NetMail by setting up an account with a user.
But EchoMail has eclipsed NetMail in volume tremendously.
These small utilities serve to manage the flow of NetMail and EchoMail after the point where the mailer accepts the packages, but before the BBS systems get hold of the messages.
Because NetMail is of a slightly different format, it is handled by a separate program and also tossed to the NetMail area.
We said earlier that NetMail, as opposed to EchoMail, is composed of private messages, and that these private messages are to be sent directly.
EchoMail overwhelms the system in number of messages so much that a few Host-routed netmail messages won't even tickle the phone bill.
This system also uses a series of hubs to route almost 300 EchoMail conferences and all the NetMail in the Network.
A typical netmail call with only a letter or two can be completed in under fifteen seconds.
Netmail is expected to be sent directly to the receiving board, or through a "gateway" if the mail packet is to be sent outside the country.
Files of all sorts can be transmitted around the country as easily as echomail or netmail. As soon as a new version of a favorite shareware utility is created, it is only a matter of days before it appears on many boards across the country.