telnetclient and you're not getting ANSI or the screen looks weird?
The issue is most likely you're running MBBSEmu on a port other than 23 (ports below 1024 require MBBSEmu to run as sudo), the Linux Telnet client will treat your connection as a raw serial connection and will not negotiate Telnet IAC or handle Extended ASCII Characters.
To fix this, you can connect using the following command line:
telnet -- localhost -port(replacing
portwith the port MBBSEmu is running on)
An example command line to connect to MBBSEmu on Port 5000:
telnet -- localhost -5000
This isn't an MBBSEmu specific issue, but how the Linux telnet client makes assumptions on protocol based on the Telnet port.