Creating self/community-hosted replacement(s) for GitHub
Apologies for my lack of participation here. I have been reading ‘Ours to Hack and Own’, and following some pretty rapid developments in a range of areas relevant to the OAE, particularly the rapid fediverse evolution prompted by the formal release of the ActivityPub standard, and the reaction to the acquisition of GitHub. If you’ve been living under a rock for the last week or so, it transpires that Microsoft, a company that spent a decade or two spreading FUD about GNU-Linux, and the GNU GPL being a “viral license” and so on, has now bought GH. A lot of people have always felt conflicted about doing free code development on a proprietary platforms that locks in users in every way it can.
This announcement seems to have been the straw that broke the camel’s back for a lot of people, and it looks like there is going to be a mass exodus from GH. Already, there is an explosion of new self/community-hosted instances of GitLab and other code forges like Gogs / Gitea, and a renewed interest in creating federation between instances to allow this cluster of independent servers to form a united meta-platform to replace the convenient of GH. I propose that the OAE move any code and documentation it has stored on GH to either a self-hosted GitLab instance, or an existing community-run one, and I further propose that all apps who currently do their dev on GH consider moving it to the same instances, so we can all continue working together easily.
EDIT: updated link, fixed typos