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Want to set up a discussion board

I have a red hat box "2.6.32-220.el6.x86_64", and want to set up a discussion board on internal net work.

I need suggestions on where to start, how to select the software, is their any reliable free software to use, how to evaluate it, how to install it from the command line, how to set it to make it acceptable within the internal network. How to set it up to send email to its members when a question is posed and answered,

Suggestions welcome
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mwochnickCommented:
There are definitely reliable free solutions out there.
You could look at CMS's like Joomla, Drupal or Wordpress, They all are free and either have forums as part of their core or as extensions

http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/communication/forum
http://drupal.org/home
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/search.php?q=forum

Of the three I think wordpress is the easiest to get up and running quickly.  These require a database (MySql), webserver (Apache) and installation of PHP.

As far as evaluation.
Two approaches
- research contenders based on internet searches and feedback
  - evaluate core capabilities
  - admin configuration
  - support community - if you have trouble
  - cost
  - ease of installation
- pick some contenders
- Install and test out each of the contenders

or you could pick one, try it out and if its good enough roll it out.

It depends on how much time you want to spend on the evaluation process and how much
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