[License-discuss] code hosting (was Re: Evolving the License Review process for OSI)

Thorsten Glaser tg at mirbsd.de
Mon Jun 10 20:35:44 UTC 2019

(restored natural reading order, http://deb.li/quote for details)

Bruce Perens via License-discuss dixit:

>On Mon, Jun 10, 2019, 12:14 Christopher Sean Morrison via License-discuss <
>license-discuss at lists.opensource.org> wrote:

>>Rick Moen said:

>>>reference to self-hosting his code repo for it.)

I’m self-hosting a number of smaller independent thingies as well.

>Open Research Institute will pursue setting up a non-profit hosting service

That’s nice, but self-hosting has many benefits, especially if
one has been bitten by the problems inherent in outsourcing al‐
ready (perhaps multiple times).

Take as an example that the latest Debian-provided hosting service
is a Gitlab instance, hosted by Debian but not even using the Gitlab
packages from Debian but those from Gitlab (community edition, but
open core is almost non-free IMHO) and they threw away their older
Alioth which was using an only minimally patched packaged FusionForge
as base.

I will not use the Debian-provided Gitlab even for Debian packages
if I can avoid it, both because I’m <insert four-letter word here/>
by their badly coordinated move and because of its proprietaryness.

Your example perhaps/hopefully does not meet the latter…

>with the open source and ethical qualities we all desire. Since this is

… but it certainly is another service that can change or go away
in a jiffie, and those who prefer to not be dependent on such
things do well to self-host.

<diogenese> Beware of ritual lest you forget the meaning behind it.
<igli> yeah but it means if you really care about something, don't
    ritualise it, or you will lose it. don't fetishise it, don't
    obsess. or you'll forget why you love it in the first place.

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