XViewdata is an Open Source Viewdata client written by Peter Corlett for Linux and other
Unix and Unix-like systems using the X Window System. It provides full
emulation of a typical Viewdata terminal (bugs excepted) and has
support for connecting to systems over the Internet via TCP/IP as well
as some support for dialup services.
History of XViewdata
In mid-1997, several Viewdata bulletin boards started up on the
Internet. There were plenty of clients for Windows and Acorn machines
but nothing for Unix. This meant I couldn't use the services from
Linux. Additionally, I felt that the Windows and DOS software was of
limited use since it was either poor quality or crippled shareware.
Scratching an itch, I decided to write my own free Viewdata client
that would do what I wanted.
A month's hacking later an alpha release based on svgalib was born and
nicknamed "VDT". The buggy svgalib support was subsequently torn out
and replaced with X support and the project renamed XViewdata, much to
the annoyance of George Hills
who prefers the old name.
Available Viewdata Services
There are several Viewdata BBSs that are accessible via the Internet
however they are in various stages of dilapidation, so visit them
while you still can! At the time of writing (June 2001) I am aware of
only one free system that is still in operation, Gareth Babb's CCl4. Apparently still operational is
the commercial Silicon Village,
although I'm not inspired by their web site having apparently not been
updated for years.
Currently down and probably so for an indefinite period are Heaven run by James Coates and Haven run by Joel Rowbottom. Both sites have had
their respective Acorn servers fail without replacement. As Haven's
web site was hosted on the same box as the BBS, that is also
A word of warning: This code has not been touched since Spring 1998.
In particular it doesn't work at all on Linux 2.2 or newer kernels,
and it uses C++ libraries that predate STL and are no longer commonly
available. Even on suitable legacy Linux systems, some people have
noted problems with installation. For all intents and purposes, the
files below are primarily of historical interest.
This software is Copyright 1997,1998 Peter Corlett - All
It is released under the GNU General Public
License version 2. For other license arrangements, contact the author.
You can obtain copies of this software from the download directory.