The new topic button is available on the sub-boards where you're allowed to start new threads. This is not the case on this sub-board, that's why you haven't found this button on the "General discussion" sub-board.
DId not intend to hijack this thread, but I can't find the new topic button
In your case, you should start your thread on the cpg1.4.x support board. You really shouldn't have tried to hijack this thread. Get familiar with this forum first - thousands find the proper board easily where they can start new threads.
Please separate to a new topic if you can.
Technically, I can, but I won't.
How is Coppermine compared to that one? easier and less probs? Does Coppermine have all the options menalto does?
I have no idea, I never used Menalto. Read the docs to find out what Coppermine has. Link to the docs at the top of this screen.
And are there any other programs out there as good for free or that are inexpensive?
There are afaik three "competitors" in this field: Coppermine, Menalto and 4images.
Do not reply to this thread with further questions - don't force us to lock down each and every sticky thread because of unrelated replies like yours. Replies like yours are the reason why boards get so cluttered, resulting in frustration for users and moderators. Don't be selfish!