Re: Do I Need a Server?
You can use and configure bbPress locally if you like, but it needs to be in a server environment. You need PHP, a web server and a database. It’s easiest to have it on the same type of system it will eventually be hosted on, to minimize problems when you go live, but it’s not essential.
On Windows there is WAMP:
On OSX (and for many other systems) there is XAMPP:
On Linux, well, if you have that I don’t need to tell you what you have.
The machine you build, test and configure on doesn’t need to be on the Internet, but you do need to have a server environment to make this work.