A Minitel as a Linux terminal

The Minitel (from the French Médium Interactif par Numérisation d’Information Téléphonique) was an interactive videotex online service accessible through phone lines, operated in France from 1982 by the state-owned PTT (Postes, Télégraphes et Téléphones), the ancestor of France Télécom. The service was retired in 2012, after more than 30 years of existence. It might have been the world’s most successful early online service, before the World Wide Web era. It offered services like telephone directory, purchases, reservations, mail, and chat just like the Web offers today.

Minitel 1
The first version of the Minitel, made by Telic Alcatel. So 80s.

The Minitel, starting from model 1B, can be used as a VT100-compatible Linux terminal with the proper wiring. So let’s try…

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