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I am wondering if anyone has taken time to look at the new offering of phpBB yet? I am getting ready to do some feature testing on it, and would be interested in hearing if any of you have opinions on it so far.

To this point, it looks like they are taking a big shot over vBulletin's bow, and bring into question why you would pay for a forum. I was a little concerned because it took them so long to get it out though (They announced the Olympus project or whatever it was called...what...a year and a half ago?), but I'm thinking it was well worth the wait.

Featureset comparison: http://www.phpbb.com/about/features/compare.php

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I long ago stopped using phpBB and switched to SMF (Simple Machines Forum). I have had no interest in looking back as it seems to be a nearly ideal forum system. Upgrades, package installs, theme installs are all incredibly simple and handled through the web interface.

I may have to look again at phpBB for version 3 though...just to see if it's worth testing.
They definitely cleaned things up this time around. I eventually dropped phpBB2 because I got tired of maintenance with mods and such every time there was a new patch. Now they do everything with hooks, which should make that headache go away quite soundly. Those I always like phpBB2 for a quick and dirty, install and run with it board.

Not that I have any reason to care right now, heh. I can't think of anywhere I'd want to use it right now, but it never hurts to be prepared.
nice. Has anyone ever implemented an LDAP based account set setup for a phpbb instance? I would like to know how this came out and how it was approached. The problem with phpbb and forum requests in general at my institution is that it always boils down to one person creating and setting permissions on account and essentially turning it into a sys admin type function for the thing. Then you've got a whole bunch of instances of phpbb residing all over a web server when what makes sense is just one forum instance to rule them all.
http://www.phpbb.com/support/documentation/3.0/adminguide/acp_gener...

Jump down to 3.2.2. I haven't done it, but it seems to be supported natively.
I'm using phpBB 3 for documentation in our office. I haven't gone very deep, but it seems pretty solid so far. I did notice that the admin interface isn't very intuitive, particularly the forum/topic management. It's not bad enough to be a deal breaker though.

Like I mentioned in email, I would definitely recommend vBulletin over phpBB if you are willing to spend a little money.

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