[Dev] Code collaboration platform GitLab acquires rival Gitorious, will shut it down on June 1

hellekin hellekin at gnu.org
Wed Mar 4 15:37:27 GMT 2015


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On 03/04/15 11:07, Digit wrote:
> https://notabug.org/ fulfills many of those criteria listed by Fabio,
> and seems the best option around (so far, given an absence of other
> freedom respecting git webware).
>
*** It's "MIT" as well, and written in Go, a language created by Google.
 I don't have anything against Go, I like and use Pond for example, but
I can't hack it, and I can hack Ruby.

"The goal of this project is to make the easiest, fastest, and most
painless way to set up a self-hosted Git service. With Go, this can be
done via an independent binary distribution across ALL platforms that Go
supports, including Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows."

So they chose Go to support proprietary software.  I don't see that as a
better option for software freedom that the Gitlab "open core" model. If
Gitlab stands with the FSF, they have more chances than say, GNU
Savannah, to be a proper replacement platform than Github.

"What's wrong with MIT License?" is the question to tackle.  When your
whole stack is "MIT", it's a logical thing to do to keep building on the
same license: that's what Gitlab does.  Gogs.io licensed their software
as "MIT" as well, although Go itself is licensed under the terms of "a
BSD-style license".  In both cases, the vocabulary does not support the
FSF view.

The Github-Reddit-Twitter-Google-Facebook-Apple-Amazon storm cloud is
going to rain on us any day if there's no alternative.  Why is it that
free software developers do not support the FSF?

==
hk
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