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KOM is a type of BBS, with a text-based (as opposed to a menu based) input system. The first was QZ KOM,[1] but soon others imitated the user interface.

The QZKOM system was first opened in 1978, which probably makes it the first Swedish-developed forum service in Sweden. It was forbidden by the Swedish government late the same year, reopened with permission in 1979.

Before opening of QZKOM, QZ ran the American system Forum-Planet which provided similar services but only for very small user groups.

One of the larger KOM systems outside QZ was Permobas, which was sponsored by Permobil. The first version ran on two (later seven) ABC80 with 300 bit/s modems connected to a 5 or 10 MB hard disk.[1] One of the Permobas users was Henrik Schyffert.[1] Schyffert later started his own BBS named "Ring så spelar vi". When Permobas was shut down in December 1985 the users were moved over to the newly started Computext. Computext ran until the late 1980s when it was bought by Esselte and renamed Esselte Voice.

Some KOMpatible systems are:

For a list of active KOM systems today, see the article on LysKOM.


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