Fidonet History


FidoNet was started in the early 1980's by Tom Jennings in San Francisco, California and some friends of his who lived in Baltimore, Maryland.   Initially, communications consisted of simple messages going back and forth between these systems.  Tom's Fido software was the next step in allowing a BBS (Bulletin Board System) to exist in the network.    At FidoNet's peak in the 1990's,  some 30,000 systems communicated worldwide in the FidoNet network. 

A few people have documented the very early days of Fidonet. 
Please  click on the topics below:

Tom Jennings    Ben Baker     K12Net

The Filebone  and The FileGate Archive Distribution