[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo is becoming irrelevant. Here's why. Let's fix it.

Jachym Cepicky jachym.cepicky at gmail.com
Thu Oct 1 00:18:31 PDT 2015

I'm using gitlab already and it really gives you what I like on github

Shall we ask the board and SAC for create instance of gitlab on our servers?


st 30. 9. 2015 v 14:31 odesílatel Mateusz Loskot <mateusz at loskot.net>

> On 30 September 2015 at 07:20, Paolo Cavallini <cavallini at faunalia.it>
> wrote:
> > Il 30/09/2015 02:04, Jody Garnett ha scritto:
> >
> >>     I think that the Github move is hazardous. Sure, it is easy, free
> >>     for open-source projects, and really really cool. Granted, it helps
> >>     a lot in getting fluid contributions to open-source projects. But
> >>     ... in two years, they may start shipping sponsors links at the end
> >>     of the Readme files, and in a moments notice you have to watch 20
> >>     seconds ads before cloning. At this point, you will want to bail
> >>     out, only to find out that in fact you can not, because you can not
> >>     delete the project anymore, or the issue tracker database can not be
> >>     exported ...
> >>
> >>
> >> Not much of a problem here, since git means each developer has a copy of
> >> the whole project. I know we had the same story with SourceForge ...
> >
> > I think the concerns about GH are real. I feel uneasy putting strategic
> > pieces of infrastructure in the hands of a company is risky over the
> > long term. It is true that we have a copy of the whole code base and
> > history, but the scenarios suggested are possible and worrisome.
> There is also another aspect of the "All move to GitHub, now!" trend,
> less obvious than technical ones, I guess.
> On one side, OSGeo is FOSS advocate and we advocate it loud.
> via numerous keynote speaches given at events around the World.
> On the other, we gradually move to proprietary infrastructure based
> on non-FOSS, namely GitHub.
> The two sides clash, don't they?
> People may get confused.
> Best regards,
> --
> Mateusz  Loskot, http://mateusz.loskot.net
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