Remember the good ol' days? When social networks consisted of nothing more than a copy of pcplus, a 9600 baud modem and for many SysOps, a copy of the legendary Renegade BBS. Wouldn't it be great to revisit those days using your Ubuntu system. There are many open source BBS resources out there for Linux, but I came up short in finding anything even remotely mentioning renegade and Linux in the same sentence. This left me feeling nostalgically challenged so I set out to find a way to run a telnet multi-node Renegade BBS from my Ubuntu system. In this instructable, I will show you how I achieved this and hopefully inspire some much needed creative improvements as well.
DISCLAIMER: Before we begin, please note that I am not responsible for any damage done to your system as a result of the following processes. Also note that we will be opening multiple TCP ports for direct connection without any Linux authentication. This is most likely a security issue. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!
Step 1: Install files and support software.
$ sudo apt-get install dosbox
Create a folder under your home folder called renegade. NOTE: You may wish to create a new user account named "renegade" and grant it minimal permissions. If you choose to do this, be sure to login under the new account before proceeding.
$ mkdir ~/renegade
Get and Extract Renegade BBS
$ cd ~/renegade
$ wget http://mysite.verizon.net/tjm694/rgv100f.zip
$ unzip rgv100f.zip
Get and Extract the FOSSIL driver.
$ mkdir foss
$ cd foss
$ wget http://fido.mbse.eu/files/local/comms/FCI0106.zip
$ unzip FCI0106.zip
$ cd ..
Install Renegade BBS in dosbox.
Z:\> mount c ~/renegade
When the installer asks you for the "main path" of the bbs, enter in "c:\".
Keep the DosBox window open...