I have busted 5-6 hours reading features, requirements, etc. for chat servers and forums on google. Now I'm asking the community for their opinions on chat servers/forums. Our client needs software to run on their server, allowing distributors, resellers and users to discuss the company products. 1. we need 1-20 rooms/topics (1 room/topic per product, growing) 2. Linux or Windows server (current site is on Windows) 3. price is not an issue, but needs to be reasonable 4. currently support for 300+ users, growing quickly to as many as 8000-9000 within a year 5. stable and reasonably fast 6. no user side client needed (must be usable via http/html/xhtml) 7. would be nice if chats (if chat room is chosen) could be saved and presented in a forum style format/application for searching 8. arguments for using forum software vs. real time chat, or real time chat vs. forum, appreciated I believe many of you have delivered, and supported, such applications for your clients (some of you may be the clients using such applications) and I am looking for the reality of your experiences to help me make a good choice for this client. Thank You, Ron D.