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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.

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.
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