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This is the README file for the first official release of the server
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README
-- LysKOM 1.0 --
Copyright (C) 1991 Lysator Academic Computer Association
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What is LysKOM?
This is the README file for the first official release of the server
of the electronic conference system LysKOM, version 1.0.
LysKOM has a lot in common with netnews, but LysKOM is intended for
local discussions. The LysKOM server concept consists of a server that
maintains a data base of all written articles, and clients that
connects to the server and reads articles. LysKOM is much faster than
netnews - almost as fast as irc! - but like in netnews the articles
are saved so that you don't have to be logged in to receive the news.
You need a client to be able to do something useful with LysKOM. As of
now, there is only one client that has been released. It is written in
elisp (and thus requires GNU Emacs to run) and its language is
Swedish. It should be easy to translate to english since all texts are
collected in a single file. The client is available via anonymous ftp
from ftp.lysator.liu.se in directory pub/lyskom. Don't forget to fetch
the documentation for it at the same time - it is well worth to read
it! (If you know Swedish... :-)
A LysKOM server has been running at Lysator since 25 July 1990. You
can test it. The adress is kom.lysator.liu.se. Of course, you need a
client to test it.
Installation instructions is in the file INSTALL.
Please send bug reports to bug-lyskom@lysator.liu.se if you find a
bug, but please check the file doc/known-server-bugs first.
Note that we are abandoning the protocol (called Protocl A) that the
server and clients uses. We have discovered some things that we want
to do, but can't do since Protocol A is too limited. Work on Protocol
B has commenced, but it might well take another year before we release
Protocol B server and clients. We will fix bugs in Protocol A, but we
will probably not do much more improvements to the server.
LysKOM has a lot in common with netnews, but LysKOM is intended for
local discussions (instead of worldwide). LysKOM consists of a server
process and several client programs. The server process maintains a
data base of persons, conferences and articles. The clients connect
to the server and let the users browse the database for unread
articles. Currently the only protocol available for connections is
TCP/IP, but rewriting the server and clients for using e.g. DECNET
should be trivial.
LysKOM is much faster than netnews - almost as fast as irc! - but
like in netnews the articles are saved so that you don't have to be
logged in to receive the news.
As mentioned above, you need a client to be able to do something
useful with LysKOM. As of now, there is only one client that has been
released. It is written in elisp (and thus requires GNU Emacs to run)
and its language is Swedish. It should be easy to translate to
english since all text strings are collected in one source file. The
client is available via anonymous ftp from ftp.lysator.liu.se
(130.236.23.254) in the directory pub/lyskom. Don't forget to fetch
the documentation for it at the same time - it is well worth reading
it! (If you know Swedish... :-)
A LysKOM server has been running at Lysator since July 25th 1990.
You can connect to it and test it out if you like to get a feel for
what LysKOM is. The IP adress of the server is kom.lysator.liu.se.
Of course, you need a client to test it.
How do you set up a LysKOM server?
Installation instructions are in the file INSTALL. Instructions
for maintaining a LysKOM server are in the file doc/ADMINISTRATION.
Some other documentation, such as the specification for the
server-client protocol is also in the doc directory.
If you find a bug, please send your bug reports to the email adress
bug-lyskom@lysator.liu.se, but before you do, please check the file
doc/known-server-bugs.
Note that we are developing a new server-client protocol called
Protocol B (the current one being named Protocol A). We have
discovered a few things which we want to do but can't since Protocol A
is too limited. Work on Protocol B has commenced, but it might well
take another year before we release a Protocol B server and clients.
We will fix bugs in programs using Protocol A, but we will probably
not do many enhancements to them.
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