Discussion software

Posted on 2004-11-18
Last Modified: 2012-03-15
Hello. I would like to install a software for the discussion of various topics at the university where I work. Does anybody know of a software runing under GPL that do that?
Juan Carlos
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    do you have access to a webserver with PHP and mysql database?  or can you build one?
    there are a lot of forum discussion boards that are already written and vetted,

    there are a lot of them to choose from.

    I happen to like phpbb2

    its used a lot in the open source community.  its robust, and has a lot of nice features, platform independant and its free....

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    You could use a mailing list like Mailman

    Or newsgroup server theres loads do a search for NNTP

    If you want real time how about an irc (internet relay chat) server?

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    Jabber isn't too bad for IM stuff.

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    I would a software with a frontend something like the one used by "experts-exchange"  for the discussion of each topic separated from the others.
    What could be the appropiate software for this purpose?
    Juan Carlos
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    if you want  a system somewhat like what you see here on experts exchange then you are looking for a web based forum/bulletin board system.

    the best that I can come up with are

    if you want something like what you see here, you'll need a webserver with PHP and a mysql database backend.  the setup on these are fairly straight forward.
    there are also demo's on the various websights so you can check them out,  and you can put a
    custom skin on them, so you can make them look however you want.


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