... is a free software package that can turn your personal computer into your own custom online service supporting multiple simultaneous users with hierarchical message and file areas, multi-user chat, and the ever-popular BBS door games.
Synchronet development began as a personal hobby in 1990 for single-tasking MS-DOS compatible computers and Hayes compatible modems. The program was sold commercially from 1992-1996 after which time it was released (with source code) for both the 16-bit DOS and 32-bit OS/2 platforms to the public domain and development by the author was ceased.
In November of 1999, the author found a renewed interest in further developing Synchronet, specifically for the Internet community, embracing and integrating standard Internet protocols such as Telnet, FTP, SMTP, POP3, IRC, NNTP, and HTTP. Synchronet has since been substantially redesigned as an Internet-only BBS package for Win32 and Unix-x86 platforms and is an Open Source project under continuous development.
Synchronet Version 3.1x for Win32 and Unix (Intel-x86 architecture) can be previewed on Vertrauen (Home of Synchronet BBS Software).
1) Drop into super user
2) Install dependencies
apt-get install build-essential libncurses5-dev g++ libnspr4-dev libmozjs-dev cvs dosemu dosemu-freedos
3) Create a SBBS folder on the root of the file system
4) Change to your SBBS folder
5) Download makefile to SBBS folder
6) Compile SBBS
make install RELEASE=1 USE_DOSEMU=1
7) Set the SBBSCTRL environment variable to point to your "ctrl" directory
8) Configure your BBS
9) Start your BBS
10) Test connectivity
11) Create SysOp (System Operator) account
Type "New" when prompted for username
You can modify services, ports and interfaces if you take a look at the .ini files in /sbbs/ctrl/.
For a nice ANSI supported terminal, i like to use Syncterm.
Post your BBS in the comments so i can check yours out!