I could set up a forum on the JENI website. I’ve tried it before, but it never quite meshed with the Joomla theme. If it weren’t integrated into the site, that wouldn’t be an issue.
I really wanted to get an IPB license, but they’re stupid expensive, especially once you tack on some of the bells and whistles that I wanted. It’s still the plan for once I find a real job (short term consulting contracts really, really suck), but it’s definitely not in the cards in the near term.