SETI@home is a scientific experiment that uses Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). You can participate by running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data.
I've joined the project and am running the software the downloads the data, processes it, and uploads the results back to the project.
BBBS is a full featured bbs program that is available for many platforms that includes full Fidonet and Internet support(See the BBBS home page, http://www.bbbs.net for details.)
The version I am useing is the one for Linux/i386. Originally I had it installed on a Slackware v3.4 system, but when the new version (v3.42 1s) came out I needed a Linux distribution that supported the new libc6 (glibc) libraries. I originally choose Red Hat for that, because at the time I had a CD for that distribution already.
Because BBBS supports so much in itself, I decided to find out just how much of a minimal install of linux was needed to run BBBS. What I plan to do is do a minimal linux install, & then install BBBS on it.