Fidonet is an international amateur network of computer systems, often running public access bbs's, and all connected by modem (& often via the internet as well). "Othernets" are distribution networks which use fidonet software. Also known as Fidonet Technogy Networks (FTN).
FidoNet: Technology, Use, Tools, and History, By Randy Bush
"Fido", "Fidonet", and the dog-with-diskette are U.S. registered trademarks of Tom Jennings, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Perl is a stable, cross platform programming language. It is used for mission critical projects in the public and private sectors and is widely used to program web applications of all needs.
Perl is widely used by Fidonet sysops; both in or with applications as well as in individual scripts.