> Does anyone know of Web-based BBS-type systems that can be used to host
> discussions and live chats? I've seen Webchat but it seems a bit clunky.
> Are there any other systems out there that are easy to use? I have a
> 100MHz Pentium with 32MB RAM running FreeBSD.
Naturally, I'll recommend the software I helped design & code:
It's called Podium & you can test out a Beta (mind you it's a few months
old and several major improvements behind) at http://www.proxima.com/podium/
The difference between this system and that of other similar ones is that
it is designed similar to usenet, with threaded, easy to follow discussions
in mind. There is within each topic area, an index of posts, with an indented,
heirarchical list of postings, indicative of which are responses to others, and
which are starting a new thought. User-selected defaults determine how old posts
should be displayed, and a new feature (not shown on that beta) allows a user
database to determine the date of last visit by a user and show only those post
which are new.
Administrative features are rich: topics can be set up with their own unique
appearance, including selection of header images, background and text colors,
footer HTML, moderated or unmoderated option, threaded or unthreaded, etc...
As for the Pentium, we have done most of our development on a couple of P-100's
(32 MB RAM) running Linux and NCSA, and it performs quite well. Also testing and
implementation have been done on Sparc systems (2,5 and 20) running Solaris
(2.3 and 2.4) with NCSA and Netsite servers.
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