|Author:||Jeff Prothero (aka Cynbe ru Taren)|
|Supported:||December 1981 through 1982|
|Derived from:||The start of it all|
82Dec07 Citadel was written in mid-December 1981 by CrT. Miraculously, it ran three days unattended over New Year's, collecting some remarkably favorable reactions. During the months that it ran at 633-3282 (ODD-DATA), Citadel became one of the more popular BBs in town, and there was some disappointment when a hardware failure forced the system down in February of 1982. But in January CrT had published the source code in BDS C, putting it in the public domain. David Mitchell brought up the next incarnation of the Citadel program in April of 1982, running on hardware provided by Richard Knox. Called the Island Communication System, it is located on Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound. ICS has about 30 regular users and about 120 log entries. Newcomers find it easy to learn, and often leave messages praising it. Some of the system's daily users are in Boston. Citadel is descended from DandD.pas, an adventure game editor/driver. It is arranged as a series of rooms, starting with the LOBBY. In each room the user can read existing messages and leave more. There may be up to 128 rooms in the current implementation. The system was brought up with only one room, the LOBBY. Additional rooms were created by the users, with room names appropriate to the topics covered. This is being written (82Dec07) as the Version 2 beta-test goes out. Version 1 got a friendly reception and had relatively few bugs. We'll see if this is a trend or fluctuation... Environment: Citadel has had a checkered past. It first ran on a 64K Heath H89 with Magnolia CP/M, Hayes Smartmodem (plus an acoustic on another port) and BDS C V1.32. Further development was done under BDS C 1.4x on a TRS-80 with Omikron CP/M, a Teletek FDC-1, and a Furgeson Big Board. At present the ICS implementation runs on the FDC-1, while development is done on the Big Board. Version 2 was tested on the original H89, now with dual 8" SSDD drives :-) and a printer, Magnolia CP/M V2.223 :-( , and BDS C 1.46. Starting with the 82Jan posting on Seattle's MailBoard (thanks John!), various fragments of Version 1 seem to have percolated around the country. This version 2 release should supercede them and save people the frustration of trying to make sense out of them. David Mitchell CrT
Other people involved in early versions of Citadel seem to be Bruce King (aka T'an T'u), who may have ported Citadel 2.0 to run on Unix as Citadel 2.10, and Andy Meyer, who ran Citadel 2.16s on a Sony CP/M machine.
|Citadel v2.10 source code||124,270||December 1982|