thecoalman - 9:32 am on Sep 20, 2010 (gmt 0)
- PHPBB: the undisputed long term leader in free bulletin boards. Might be more familiar to the general public, though rumor has it that it's less secure than other bulletin boards. Potentially more support and many good themes.
First the disclaimer, I'm a moderator on phpBB.com. Having said that since the release of phpBB3 the many security issues commonly associated with phpBB2 no longer apply. Before it's final release it went through an independent security audit with no major problems discovered. There's only one issue I'm aware of since the release of 3.0.0 and that would be a permission bug for feeds in 3.0.7 that might allow someone to view a forum they aren't supposed to be able to see.
Instead of installing through fantastico I'd suggest manual install, it's not that hard and you'll familiarize yourself with some basic tasks.
As far as maintenance if you make no modifications it takes a few minutes. Download the changed files zip, ftp to overwrite the existing files and then run the database update script.
If you begin to make modifications I haven't used it but the autoupdate feature gets a lot of good reviews. This will work it's way through the updated files and will give you options where a conflict might occur with a modification.