Because of I need to handle a project in my comany which include the forum features, but the language is Chinese Simplify, so I manage to find out this 9 years old product.
phpBB is a free and open source forum application. phpBB was created in June 2000 as UBB-like forum solution using the PHP language and the latest version up to today is phpBB 3.0 ‘Olympus 3.5’ (Release at 31 May 2009). phpBB is available at no cost, released under the GNU General Public License.
I choose this as my forum in the new project is because it come with an intuitive adminstration system and extensive customisation capabilities. Besides that, it is capable to supporting hundreds of million of discussions in any language and boatst some of the largest forum communities on the Internet. phpBB is developed by six core developers, more than forty team members and is supported by a community of almost 300,000 users and developers up to today.
The lastest version support the UTF-8 encoding including the Simplify chinese , tranditional chinese encoding, Russian, Thai, Turkish and more. Besides that, it support most of the most common database in market such as MSSQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, Firefird, SQLList. The release of phpBB 3.0 is come with nearly 500 enhancements, modification and extenstion compare to the previous version.
phpBB also is a highly recomended forum application for those who like to customize and quickly integrate into any content management system or static web site because it come with very flexible framework, documented Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).