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    Good & Free Forum Software...

    Hi,

    We want to use a forum software inside our company for discussion between employees on different issues. Somewhat like the WOPR software.

    Can you pls. recommend such a software which is free, easy to use, reliable & supports features such as:

    - Emailing the poster when anyone replies to his post.
    - Ability to attach different file & where graphic attachments are shown in browser window.
    - Ease of Administration, backup & recovery.
    - Powerful Search facilities, would be nice if searching will also search through all attachments.

    Remember we'll install this on a local PC on our LAN, not on a website.

    So how will the auto-email work?
    Will I need to buy Microsoft SMS, but then will that work with the Forum Software which you'll recommend?

    So many Q's! Thanks for your replies in advance.

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    Re: Good & Free Forum Software...

    A Google search for free bulletin board software should turn up something, for example http://www.ikonboard.com, http://www.teemz.com and http://www.webwizguide.info/web_wiz_forums/default.asp. You'll have to find out for yourself if they work correctly on a LAN. And remember, TANSTAAFL! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Good & Free Forum Software...

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by jscher2000 on 09-Nov-03 12:40. )</P>One of the key considerations is the OS you plan to run on. There are a huge number of Perl and PHP boards designed to run on Linux. If you don't have anyone conversant in *nix operating systems, those might not turn out to be a good choice because even if they are mostly "free," you could have significant downtime if anything goes wrong and there's nobody experienced around to troubleshoot it.

    The Lounge software is written in Perl; there is a Perl interpreter for Windows, but it is not free. Added: Actually, I think there might be a free, unsupported version, as one came with my current anti-spam software (ActiveState perl56.dll). Or perhaps the anti-spam company paid for a license to redistribute it. Hmmm...

    With all the acronyms, I'm unclear on what SMS means in this context (system management services??), so I'm not sure what that might include.

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    Re: Good & Free Forum Software...

    I can't tell you much about system requirements details for this, but I've been a user of Discus over the web, as well as a local intranet. There is a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> and a pay version with more features. The good thing about it is that much of it can be tailored/ configured via web forms prior to downloading. It's then just a matter of downloading your "custom build" and loading onto the server. Maybe worth a look.

    Alan

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    Re: Good & Free Forum Software...

    Thanks people.

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