RetroShare

RetroShare

Web site: retroshare.cc
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers, VoIP, P2P Clients, Forums
Platform: Android, Linux, OS X, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C++
First release: 2006
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RetroShare – an open-source peer-to-peer communication and file sharing application.

Retroshare establish encrypted connections between you and your friends to create a network of computers, and provides various distributed services on top of it: forums, channels, chat, mail… Retroshare is fully decentralized, and designed to provide maximum security and anonymity to its users beyond direct friends. Retroshare is entirely free and open-source software. It is available on Android, Linux, MacOS and Windows.

Features:
– Chat – Send text and images. Discuss with various people in chat rooms. Express your emotions with the rich smiley set. Use distant chat to securely chat with friends-of-friends.
– Voice and Video – Make free and secure calls with the VoIP plugin. Catch up face to face with a video call.
– Mail – Send encrypted messages to other members of the network. Retroshare can store encrypted messages on friends nodes to deliver messages while you’re offline.
– File sharing – Share files with your friends or with the whole network. Use the search to find files. Retroshare uses swarming similar to BitTorrent, to accelerate the download. This makes it possible to share big files with 1GB or more. Your privacy is protected with anonymous tunnels. Only your direct friends might learn which files you download.
– Forums – you can read and write forum posts offline. This is perfect while you’re on the go. When you have an Internet connection, Retroshare will automatically sync forums with your friends. Decentralized forums are censorship resistant by design.
– Posted – Share your favorite links. See which links others like. Vote and discuss links.
– Channels – Publish files in channels. Subscribe to channels and automatically download the latest files. Comment on files and spread them to your friends.
– Protect your IP with Tor/I2P – Need to hide from Internet surveillance? Can’t connect to your friends because of censorship? Need to bypass nasty firewalls? Use Retroshare over Tor to hide the connection between you and your friends.

MyBB

MyBB

Web site: mybb.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Forums
Platform: Cross-platform
License: GPL
Interface: Web
Programing language: PHP
First release: 2002
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MyBB (previously: MyBulletinBoard) – an open source web application for creating and running a discussion forum. The project was founded by Chris Boulton in 2002 under the name DevBB as an XMB fork.

MyBB is written in the PP programming language and uses MySQL to write data. It also supports PostgreSQL and SQLite databases.

The most important functions are:
– creating many forums on one database, including a multilingual forums
– large configuration options
– skins management and appearance modification
– plugin support
– user evaluation and reputation system
– ability to quickly edit posts and threads
– auto-complete form fields
– private messaging system
– attachment support
– assigning moderators to selected departments
– registration of moderators work
– granting selected permissions to different user groups
– moving threads and entries
– option of banning users
– email notifications about new posts
– creating surveys
– creating a list of favorite threads
– generating threads for printing
– fast response
– signatures, avatars, friend lists and people ignored

Invision Community

Invision Community

Web site: invisioncommunity.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Forums
Platform: Cross-platform
License: Proprietary
Interface: Web
Programing language: PHP
First release: 2002
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Invision Community (previously: IPS Community Suite) – a proprietary internet community software produced by Invision Power Services Inc. The software is written in PHP and uses MySQL as a database management system.

Invision Community comes from Invision Power Board, which can be purchased separately and requires IP.Suite. Up to version 3.4 of Invision Power Board, employees gradually expanded their product line with additional community-focused applications, such as: IP.Blog, IP.Gallery and IP.Content. However, IP.Board was always required because many aspects of the core and other applications relied on it. Starting with IP.Suite 4, they decided to opt out of IP.Board as their “flagship” product and standardize version numbering and release schedule for all of their applications.

The software also provides tools and documentation to enable community to create its own applications, themes and other things that can be shared for free or sold to other customers through its own Invision Power Services community.

FUDforum

FUDforum

Web site: fudforum.org
Category: Network
Subcategory: Forums
Platform: Cross-platform
License: GPL
Interface: Web
Programing language: PHP
First release: 2001
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FUDforum (Fast Uncompromising Discussion Forum) – a free and open source web discussion forum released under the GPL (version 2) license that is written in PHP and can be used on virtually any operating system.

FUDforum combines an extensive feature set while maintaining the ability to generate forum web pages extremely fast. The forum includes i18n and templating support allowing for a complete customization of its output as well as a very capable group based permission system. FUDforum can also act as a Mailing List Manager, USENET newsreader and even an XML Feed Aggregator. This will allow you to build an instant community and consolidate all your messages into a single system.

One of the most significant FUDforum features is the ease of use, which begins right with the installation process where a user is guided through a 5 step install wizard. The entire installation process, even for novice users, may literally take less then a minute from the point of installation to the point a user has a working web forum. Unlike installation of similar software, the user does not need to deal with multiple files, all of the forum’s data is stored in a single file, the install script. The installation script itself is written in PHP so no additional software is required to complete the installation.

Features:
– Built-in search engine optimization
– Spell checker
– Templating system
– Full internationalization support via i18n
– Group permission system
– Private messaging
– File attachments
– Pools
– Forum and topic subscriptions
– Tree view
– Full text search
– I-Spy and online status
– BBcode
– Smilies/Emoticons
– Avatars
– Custom tags
– User ranks
– Censor and replacement system
– IP tracking
– Action log
– Message mangling
– User blocking
– Session support
– Mailing list and NNTP integration
– XML aggregation

The application requires:
– Apache Web Server or Microsoft’s Internet Information Services
– PHP versions 5.2 or higher
– a database: IBM DB2, Firebird, MS-SQL, MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL or SQLite

FluxBB

FluxBB

Web site: fluxbb.org
Category: Network
Subcategory: Forums
Platform: Cross-platform
License: GPL
Interface: Web
Programing language: PHP
First release: April 2008
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FluxBB – an open-source, fast, light, user-friendly forum software. FluxBB is designed as a lighter, faster alternative to some of the traditional feature heavy forum applications. It is easy to use and has a proven track record of stability and security making it an ideal choice of forum for your website.

FluxBB is a fork of PunBB created by its developers after Andersson left the project in April 2008. In 2007, PunBB was sold to a commercial company. Development continued under the direction of Rickard until April 2008. At that time, Rickard announced he would be ceasing his active involvement with the project.

Goals:
– Supports PHP5 & PHP7
– Easy installation and setup
– Open-source (GNU General Public License)
– Clean administration interface
– Flexible permission system
– Lots of community modifications

PunBB

PunBB

Web site: punbb.informer.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Forums
Platform: Cross-platform
License: GPL
Interface: Web
Programing language: PHP
First release: 2003
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PunBB – a fast and lightweight PHP-powered discussion board. It is released under the GNU General Public License. Its primary goals are to be faster, smaller and less graphically intensive as compared to other discussion boards. PunBB has fewer features than many other discussion boards, but is generally faster and outputs smaller, semantically correct XHTML-compliant pages.

PunBB is written in PHP and thus requires the PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor. PunBB also requires a database for storing forum data. For that purpose PunBB supports MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQLite.

PunBB was founded by Rickard Andersson, who conceived it as an alternative to over-featured or too graphic discussion boards. The first stable release was reached on the 7th of August, 2003.

Discuz!

Discuz!

Web site: discuz.net
Category: Network
Subcategory: Forums
Platform: ?
License: Proprietary
Interface: Web
Programing language: PHP
First release: March 2002
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Discuz! – a software for building an internet forum, written in PHP and developed by Comsenz Technology Co., Ltd. The application supports MySQL and PostgreSQL databases. This is the most popular internet forum application used in China.

Discuz! is free for personal use, a commercial license allows for paid usege which cost is around 3000 RMB. The software is officially available in Chinese. It was also officially developed in English, but development was interrupted for financial reasons. Unofficial English and other language versions are available on some web sites.

Discuz! was created and based on another internet application called “Asia XMB” (XMB forum) by Dai Zhikang as “Crossday Bulletin (CDB)” in March 2002. In October 15 it was renamed to “Discuz!”, and in February 2003 Comsenz Technology Co. Ltd. was founded.

A free and commercial version has been available since June 2003. Version 6.1.0 of the software depends on existing UCenter installation, which is an interface that connects all Comsenz products to a website. This is user management software, so information such as private messages can be used on all Comsenz products on the same page. Another innovation is integration of Chinese marketing service provider Insenz.

Comsenz was acquired by Tencent in August 2010.
Discuz! X 1.0 was developed in 2010, combining it with: other SNSs, web portals, groups and open platforms produced by the company.

Discourse

Discourse

Web site: discourse.org
Category: Network
Subcategory: Forums
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: Web
Programing language: Ruby
First release: 2013
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Discourse – an open source discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet. It can be used as a mailing list, discussion forum or long-form chat room.

Discourse breaks with existing schemes of present forum applications by including additional features that are available mainly for social networking applications. These features include, among others: scrolling, live updates, oneboxing, expandable links, and the ability to drag and drop attachments. Although these options are more social than technical, they improve the quality of online discussions through the extended database of forum applications.

The Discourse application is written in the JavaScript and Ruby on Rails programming language, requires the PostgreSQL database system and uses the Ember.js framework.

The application is (or was) used by companies and organizations such as: Atom (word processor), Boing Boing, CISCO, Docker, How-To Geek, Mozilla, Open Knowledge, SitePoint Forums, TalkSurf, The Daily WTF, Twitter, Ubuntu.

The project founders in 2013 were: Jeff Atwood, Robin Ward and Sam Saffron

Beehive

Beehive

Web site: beehiveforum.co.uk
Category: Network
Subcategory: Forums
Platform: BSD, Linux, OS X, UNIX, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: Web
Programing language: PHP
First release: 2002
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Beehive – an online forum/message board system with several powerful features, written by several members of what is now called “Teh Forum”.

Main features:
– Frame-based layout, for easy navigation.
– Reply-to-user posting and e-mail notification.
– Powerful HTML posting, without security risks.
– Extendable user profiles.
– Flexible relationships system.
– Private Messaging system.
– Multiple style options, including dyslexia support.
– Advanced word-filtering facility.
– Comprehensive user permissions.
– Full, easy to use admin tools.

Requirements:
– PHP 5.3.0 or above
– MySQL 5.1.41 or above
– PCRE 6.6 compiled with –enable-utf8 –enable-unicode-properties

bbPress

bbPress

Web site: bbpress.org
Category: Network
Subcategory: Forums
Platform: BSD, Linux, OS X, UNIX, Windows
License: GNU GPL
Interface: Web
Programing language: PHP
First release: ?
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bbPress – an open source plugin for the WordPress content management system which offers a function of an online forum integration to the WordPress installation.

The bbPress plug-in is characterized by simplicity of installation and configuration.
bbPress is offered with many features that integrate the WordPress blog with the forum as well as with other plugins such as BuddyPress and Akismet.

bbPress comes with several widgets, available for activation in the WordPress side panel:
1. Forums List
2. Recent Replies – list of recent replies, with on option of setting a number of displayed responses and their dates
3. Recent Topics – a list of recent topics sorted by popularity and date
4. Topic Views List – a list of registered optionally displayed topics
5. Search – a simple forum search
6. Login Widget – a simple login form with an option to register and recover a lost password
7. Statistics – provides forum statistics

The bbPress plugin also has:
– support for shortcodes to create macros that can be used on forum pages
– forum repair option
– an option to import the forum from other applications
– forum reset option
– template system and graphic themes
– a plug-in system enabling the extension of the number of functions
– built-in gravatar support