I went through reading about Discourse and how the founders are lamenting the current situation of forums software. You would think that Discourse is great. I have been disappointing. As a hard core Windows user and developer under Windows, most of what I found is stuff about Ubuntu Linux. Basically not Windows friendly. Even some docs about installing in Windows says to install a Linux VM uner Hyper-V/. Huh!?
I am very surprised that someone like Jefff Atwood, a .NET developer and where StackExchange was developed in .NET seemingly took a 180 turn and created some software which is not Windows friendly. Frankly even if he dislikes the current forum software, they are not going any time soon. People use them heavily and there are tens of thousands of them around.
Running Discourse under native Windows seems so awkward I don’t see how Discourse is going to be a popular platform unless the hosted version becomes extremely popular. Currently the installation documentation suggests you need to be quite technical.
Ease of installation and friendly support under Windows seems way off. I am going to try a last ditch using Bitnami. I used Bitnami before under Windows and it made installation of software like WordPress very straight forward. If it doesn’t do the same for Discourse, I will give it another try in a year. Until then a good forum software will suffice. That’s what people know and are familiar with and I don’t have time to disturb that environment.