Falken

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For the tire brand, see Falken Tires. For the Norwegian speed skating club, see SK Falken.

Originally created by Herb Rose, Falken BBS was one of the few BBS products which allowed up to 128 users to dial in to a single system (running DOS) using multiport hardware, requiring no external multitasker. The product was far advanced from the large number of other BBS systems available at the time allowing users to interact in online teleconferences and multiplayer games.

Herb's company Info*share struggled to market this product against the already well established Major BBS product developed by Galacticomm. The product enjoyed moderate success but eventually Herb relented and sold the product to Chris Whitacre of California who continued to develop the product on the Linux platform, finally discontinuing the original DOS based product.

Ironically, in 2001, Falken was again sold to Michael Polzin of WilderLand Software, one of the companies which actively supported the competitive Major BBS product as an independent software vendor.

The name Falken was a cultural reference to the hacker movie WarGames.

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