to git or not to git
dguthrie at posteo.net
Mon Aug 27 21:47:00 UTC 2018
With remote git repository hosting we have many options.
You could self-host gogs or gitlab, or use many of the public instances
of these, e.g. notabug.org or 0xacab.org. Or just host good old cgit
somewhere safe. Or indeed keep using github as a place/mirror to put
code. But with repository hosting we have a lot of choice - in the end I
suppose it depends what you want to put there and what you want to be
> This is the question. Or, better, to github or not to github.
> Once upon a time, github was a bad hosting site, because the site code
> is not free, and we should have rather preferred gitorious. I
> did. But then gitorious closed shop and I had to go to the various
> projects (hosted elsewhere) that had submodules and make a commit to
> change the link. Not many projects, I admit, but still an unpleasant
> operation. Besides, all past history is now broken because of the
> dangling submodule link. I'm able to bisect anyways, but will my user
> be able too? And this problem is replicated for all repo owners. Not
> So, besides self-hosting (unfeasible for whole-kernel repos) I moved
> to github. Well, not using it other than as a git repo why should I
> care that the code (that I do not use) is not free? Maybe because I
> contribute visibility to that specific unfree provider, but they were
> "friendly" guys.
> Now, they are microsoft. Same people. Same site. Different owner,
> different money-flow. Shall I (we) change attitude? Most smart people
> say no, that nothing changed. I'm aware the new owner is not worse
> than most other companies -- but they are the same ones who wanted to kill
> us out of the market, before turning into friends who still would love
> if we disappeared.
> So, I feel a little uneasy, and I'm now wondering where to push my
> yet-unpushed projects (while keeping previous stuff on github for
> several reasons -- mostly link-rusting issues).
> How does the free software community feels in this respect?
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