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    I should know better then to post a thread like this but I could not help to be tempted because a lot of current vB users like me converted because of infopop's lack of a downloadable database driven forum.


    I visited ubbdev today and found this to my surprise:

    From Infopop's newsletter:

    We've begun working on a new message board product that will attempt to combine the strengths of both of our current downloadable message board products (UBB.classic and UBB.threads).

    This new product, yet to be named, is being written in PHP and will run on a MySQL 4 database. It will replace both UBB.classic and UBB.threads and be Infopop's sole downloadable message board. UBB.classic and UBB.threads license-holders will be able to download the next generation product when it becomes available, so long as they have a current member area subscription for their product. We will also be ensuring that versions of UBB.classic and UBB.threads remain available in the member area well beyond the release date of the new product.

    Finally, the new product is not simply an upgrade from UBB.classic and UBB.threads. This is an entirely new product and, as such, moving to it will require a data import from your existing message board. If you have a valid UBB.classic or UBB.threads license, however, you will not have to purchase a new license to use the new product!

    Consolidating our development efforts on one downloadable message board should result in a better overall product, improved support, and faster development cycles. We'll release more details about the new product over the coming months, but the current projection is for a Spring 2005 release date.

    To summarize:

    -- The new product is being written in PHP, running on MySQL 4.

    -- Your existing UBB.threads or UBB.classic license will apply to the new product.

    -- New development on UBB.classic and UBB.threads will cease, with the exception of bug fixes.

    -- Old versions of UBB.threads and UBB.classic will remain in the member area, even after the new product is released.

    -- If you move from UBB.classic or UBB.threads to the new product, you will actually have to import your data to the new message board (it is not simply an upgrade). This means some settings/information from your current board may be lost (because not all of features/settings will be the same).

    -- Release of the new product is not expected until Spring 2005.
    It will be intresting to see what comes out of infopop next sprint. I honestly can't belive they gave up on perl

    PS. Please don't turn this into the bash thread I forsee, lets keep it clean

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    Well, Infopop's announcement contains no information whatsoever what this new board is going to look like, or how it differs from its competitors.

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    • #3
      They can't provide more information, because they've just started
      That's the end of that!

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      • #4
        I wonder what made them decide to ditch their current code.

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        • #5
          That's certainly interesting; although maybe a few years late
          Originally posted by Shining Arcanine
          I wonder what made them decide to ditch their current code.
          Well; UBB.classic uses flat files and obviously can't keep up. UBB.threads is pretty bad, it's based on wwwthreads which is just about ancient.

          IMO they have been living on the UBB brand name too long without really innovating (referring anyone with a large forum to their self-hosted forum solution). But, who knows what they will come up with
          Last edited by Marco; Mon 30 Aug '04, 5:05am.

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          • #6
            I honestly believe it is a sign that they regret not taking John on his offer when vBulletin first started.
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            • #7
              I wasn't here back then. What was John's offer?

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              • #8
                Basicly he offered the original vBulletin script to uBB to be part of their line of software, they declined, thus vBulletin/Jelsoft was born.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by AlexanderT
                  Well, Infopop's announcement contains no information whatsoever what this new board is going to look like, or how it differs from its competitors.
                  When designing a product, the GUI takes a back seat to the architecture.

                  (although differences from competitors would have been good)
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Brad.loo
                    I should know better then to post a thread like this but I could not help to be tempted because a lot of current vB users like me converted because of infopop's lack of a downloadable database driven forum.


                    I visited ubbdev today and found this to my surprise:



                    It will be intresting to see what comes out of infopop next sprint. I honestly can't belive they gave up on perl

                    PS. Please don't turn this into the bash thread I forsee, lets keep it clean
                    I needed that.... 3 years ago. What were they doing then?

                    But I second that, it will be interesting. After all infopop is a well established company and they might come with a good and innovative product, only just a little late.

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                    • #11
                      With a Spring 2005 estimated release; it would be bad business to say the differences from their competitors at this point. vB has a big head start and could add anything they are planning on having if they announced it.

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                      • #12
                        vBulletin has definately taken the market and continues to take the market. UBB along with other are going to have to do some serious inovating to keep up, and inovations this large require lots of time and lots of money. There is no way a free bulliten board can compete. UBB has a head start in terms of resources, but in terms of technology and being original, they've got miles and miles to crawl.
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                        • #13
                          which i think is no longer possible since vbulletin is too well known and widely used all over the planet.
                          selling kawaiiNation.com

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                          • #14
                            Although way back when UBB was "the" bulletin board, and now look at where they are now.

                            I hope they come up with something good.

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                            • #15
                              Since ubb was the first format I was familiar with, I'll be watching with interest to see what they come up with... thanks for the news!

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