>I am a lecturer looking for ways of setting up a listserver facility
>for a fairly small constituency of students and lecturers. As we work
>with a DOS server, the software would have to be able to run in a DOS
>and preferably a Windows environment. Most of the information I have
>managed to obtain seems to assume the availability of a UNIX
>platform. Does anyone know of DOS/Windows software which would do the
How much control do you have over the PC? The reason I ask is that if
you don't mind changing things a little, you can run a full fledged
server that can include FTP, email, gopher, and the World Wide Web...
The cheapest way to do that is to install Linux, which is a free Unix
like operating system that will run all the unix services for you.
I have one of my 486 computers running Linux, and I have Majordomo,
Squirrel and the NCSA Web server all running on it... Plus I have
anonymous FTP set up... If you want more information on Linux, please
reply to me and I'll try to answer all of your questions. (BTW, Linux
requires at least a 386 processor, but if you want to run a decent
server of any other kind you will probably want at least a 486 anyway.)
If you want to set up a good Internet server and stick with commercial
operating systems, Windows NT provides a much better server environment,
although it does require a higher powered computer than Linux does.
And of course, Windows NT isn't the cheapest thing anyway. You
have to pay for what you get. ;) The nice thing is that Windows NT
requires very little maintenance once it is set up. (Any form of Unix
will require a lot more maintenance than any DOS or Windows based
If you must stick with Windows 3.1 or DOS, there are several TCP/IP
packages available that may provide what you want. Quarterdeck, of
QEMM fame, has a web server available, although that doesn't seem
to be what you are asking for. There are many other commercial
vendors of DOS and Windows software. The ones that I know of are
Chameleon and PC-TCP... I don't know whether they specifically
include any email server capabilities... (It seems to me that DOS
and Windows are really designed more as single user workstations...)
If you really are on a budget, and want to stick with DOS, you might
want to investigate KA9Q, which is a free TCP/IP setup for DOS. I
think it is available from FTP.UCSD.EDU, but I don't know what kind
of email services it provides...
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