Welcome to Nyx, the Spirit of the Night
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For a more complete answer, see the "philosophy of Nyx"; but, briefly, Nyx
is a public access Unix system that brings you as much access to the
resources of Unix and the world-wide network ("The Internet") as we
can allow. It is a public computing equivalent to public TV. Nyx is
not an ordinary "BBS" in so far as it is one of the few that is
primarily Internet based (rather than, say, "fido"). Since the
Internet is the primary research, administrative, and educational
network for the world, it has generally very high quality material and
articulate users. It also doesn't take itself too seriously. Nyx is
a free, public system that provides access to the Internet for users
who otherwise cannot reach it.
Nyx is run on a network of donated Sun Sparcservers (sparc 2's and 10's)
running the Unix operating system and maintained by volunteer effort.
Major features and statistics include:
- 24+ Gb disk space
- An extensive file download section
- The NetNews worldwide bulletin board -- 16Gb fed by four "full feeds"
- Email address.
- Access to the Unix system itself
- Access to the Internet (ftp, telnet, www, etc.)
- Personal Webspace.
- No fee -- funded by voluntary donations (like Public Radio, except
without any government funding -- we're 100% donation run)
As you browse the following files, please keep in mind that when they
were written, hypertext was no more than a concept in the minds of a
handful of information scientists. They were meant to be browsed
after logging in to Nyx.
The following files are found in the Info Directory.
The following are a random selection of useful pages on the
Nyx is a public access Unix system run by volunteers.
The operators have neither
control over nor responsibility for the opinions of users. If you
have a problem with anything served by this machine, please read the
Freedom of Speech policy.
Of course, as a node on the Net, Nyx is subject to several overlapping
Acceptable Use Policies. In particular, please do not serve material
of an explicitly commercial nature before discussing your actions with