There are several versions currently maintained or developped, on 3 distinct "branches" :
- 4.8 branch (will incorporate only maintenance fixes), latest released version is 4.8.3
- 5.0 branch (will incorporate only maintenance fixes), latest released version is 5.0.1
- development trunk : definitively not a stable version : this is where the next version is actively developed, so, the trunk is hosting the future 5.1 version.
Installation using the trunk is for developers (or warriors).
Both 4.8 and 5.0 branches should be considered as stable, the more stable is the 4.8.x but you may decide to use the 5.0 to benefit for the new features.
FusionForge is mainly developed on Linux systems, but it should run on other Unix variants as well. The minimal required components are Apache 2, PHP 5 and PostgreSQL 8.x. Other components may be needed depending on the extra features you need: Mailman for mailing-lists, CVS or SVN for version control, and so on.
TBD : recommended way to install... depending on context.
If official packages are available for Distributions that suit you, it is advised to install with packages (i.e. using apt on Debian-like systems).
aljeux says : my advice is:
- Use branch 4.8 for non-apt install.
- Use branch 5.0 for apt install.
Debian and derivatives
.deb packages available for Debian and derivatives such as Ubuntu.
The official Debian repositories (status in the PTS ) contain packages of FusionForge 5.0.x, for Debian distributions unstable (sid) and testing (squeeze) .
Note that Debian stable (lenny) still had packages for the old GForge 4.7rc2 (pre-fusionforge).
Some packages will still be named after gforge- prefix whereas some are named fusionforge-. See  for more details on these official packages.
Installing these packages is done by using regular Debian tools (apt based), from the official Debian repositories. See README.Debian files in /usr/share/doc/[fusionforge*|gforge*] dirs for details on installation instructions or configuration issues.
In addition to these official packages for stable fusionforge releases, the "experimental" Debian section may also contain snapshots of the state of the trunk during development and stabilisation periods.
Users of Ubuntu or other versions of Debian will find instructions on how to get the unofficial (Debian-wise) packages or packages for other versions of fusionforge (snapshots) in Installing/DebianCompatiblePackages or Installing/UbuntuRepositories.
Other (RPM based) distributions
.rpm packages are being worked on and should be available for the version 5.1.
Nightly builds are already available for testing, see RPM Installation for more
If you have a server you want to fully dedicate to FusionForge, then the installation CD could be for you: just boot the server on it, and it'll perform an automated installation of Debian + FusionForge. Grab the image at Installing/InstallCD
Also easy to use is the VMware image, which you'll also find at Installing/VMwareImage
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