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Linux Knowledge for BBS Operations



In order to successfully build and operate a BBS on the Linux operating system, some basic Linux system administration ("sysadmin") knowledge is required.  This page attempts to list the minimum Linux knowledge that anyone would need in order to be successful in building a BBS running on Linux.  Those new to Linux can use this list as a basic syllabus for self study.

Note that the Santa Clara County ARES/RACES BBS network runs on Ubuntu Linux.  MAC P1 candidates will need to use Ubuntu.


Knowledge Level

One needn't be an expert Linux sysadmin or even the best at any of the individual topics listed here. But one must be competent enough with each topic to perform common, everyday tasks. For example, it is not enough to have read a book or web page about the "vi" editor. One must be able to use the vi editor to: create a file, edit the file, move around in the file, edit/change the file, undo a change, save a change, exit with and without saving the file, re-open the file, cut-and-paste within the file, cut-and-paste to/from other files,  The same level of understanding applies to all of the topics listed here.


Linux Topics

Basic Knowledge

In order to operate a standalone BBS, the following minimum knowledge (and probably more) is needed.

Advanced Knowledge

In order to operate a networked BBS, the following additional knowledge (and more) is needed.



The Santa Clara County ARES/RACES Packet Committee manages the county BBS network.  To inquire about setting up forwarding links or other types of networking connections to our network, send e-mail to: pktcmte at scc-ares-races dot org.



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This page was last updated on 20-Apr-2016