Jun 17 2000: I sit down at my computer and think to myself: 'Gee..my website needs a forum'. Since, at the time, there wasn't much out there in the way of PHP based forum software, other then Phoum which I dispised. I decided to create a PHP version of UBB (vB existed at ths time but I had never heard of it). That night I was up untill about 3am and managed to get posting/replying and topic/forum lists done.
July 1, 2000: I posted this topic at DevShed asking for help testing my new application. At this point it was, for the most part, fully functional with the basics of a forum and a rough admin section.
http://forums.devshed.com/showthread.ph ... ight=phpbb
July 15, 2000 phpBB went into CVS at sourceforge and we really started working on 1.0 propor. That month intrest from some people brought Nathan Codding and John Abela onto the team and we started hacking away.
Aug 14, 2000 phpBB.com was registered and we got our first real site up. Untill that time it had been hosted on my own server at totalgeek.org (now gone).
From there it started to steamroll. phpBB v1.0-BETA was released and a PHPNuke module was built out of it. That got us alot of attention from the PHP crowd and the userbase started really building.
December 16, 2000: phpBB v1.0.0 was released. With this release BartVB joined the team and started major work on 1.2 though 1.4. After the 1.4 release (or perhaps it was 1.2..I can't remember) Paul joined the team, he had been hacking phpBB majorly for his own site and was very interested in some of our ideas for 2.0. At this time Frank also joined the team along with Jonathan who was a convert from the BlazeBoard camp who didn't like where that was heading.
Feb 17, 2001: phpBB v2.0 was started in ernest. We had been having major conversations about it since the release of 1.4 and this is when the ball really got rolling on it. phpBB 2.0 was in development for 14 months, in that time a TON of work and discusion went into the project. Doug joined the team shortly after 2.0 was started.
April 4, 2002: phpBB v2.0 is released...and I think you know the history from then on
(I was going to do a post like this on the 2 year anniversary but I guess now is as good a time as any