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UnixReview.com: Ikonboard V3...and iBforums

Mar 07, 2002, 12:56 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Perlow)
"Bulletin boards, once the backbone of the online community (in the pre-Internet age -- about 20 years ago), have been making a strong comeback after a noted absence during the 1990s Web explosion and the rise of USENET. Web sites with their own internal discussion forums, as well as corporate intranets with special-purpose bulletin boards, have been popping up all over the place. No matter how esoteric the topic, you can probably find a Web BBS (or multiple BBSes) all about it -- video games, DVD collecting, food, wine, gardening, automobiles, sports teams, you name it.

The two undisputed Web BBS software leaders for the past two years have been Infopop's (http://www.infopop.com) UltimateBB and Vbulletin (http://www.vbulletin.com). Both are commercial software and cost $250 and $160 per licensed copy, respectively. Until recently, there were no Open Source/Free Software alternatives that could match the functionality of these two software packages, and none that could scale to allow fast performance of particularly large discussion communities (i.e., more than 10,000 members or 100,000 messages).

Enter Jarvis Networks' Ikonboard V3 (http://www.ikonboard.com), the first Web-based and Open Source BBS package to challenge UltimateBB and Vbulletin. The latest version of Ikonboard ("IB3") supports Perl DBI, MySQL, and postgresSQL databases, as well as the mod_perl Apache extensions for improved Perl CGI performance. Like its competitors, Ikonboard boasts a user-friendly Web-based installation program, and an attractive and full-featured administrative GUI. It is also completely "skinnable" to allow for sophisticated aesthetic design elements."

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