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The Free Software Foundation's Code Hosting Plans

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  • Coming soon: A new site for fully free collaboration

    As we said in an end-of-year post highlighting our work supporting free software development and infrastructure, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) is planning to launch a public code hosting and collaboration platform ("forge"), to launch in 2020. Members of the FSF tech team are currently reviewing ethical Web-based software that helps teams work on their projects, with features like merge requests, bug tracking, and other common tools.

    The new site will complement the current GNU and non-GNU Savannah servers, which we will continue to support and improve, in collaboration with their awesome volunteer team. (By the way, if you want to volunteer, please email savannah-hackers-public@gnu.org with a note about your interest!)

  • Free Software Foundation Aims To Launch Code Hosting / Collaboration Platform This Year

    The Free Software Foundation is planning to launch their own public code hosting and collaboration platform in 2020.

    The Free Software Foundation "Forge" will complement their existing and aging Savannah servers used for code hosting. The Free Software Foundation isn't looking to develop their own hosting/collaboration platform as an original GNU project but looking at an existing free software solution they can adapt for their purposes.

    The Free Software Foundation team is currently evaluating options based on practical and ethical criteria such as whether the JavaScript is deemed free software with LibreJS, wanting a solution not backed by a company, and other stringent free software requirements.

Structure and Administration of the GNU Project

  • Structure and Administration of the GNU Project
    People know that each GNU package has one or more maintainers 
    appointed by the GNU Project. People mostly don't know about the 
    committees that carry out most of the administration of the project. 
    We have now published a complete description of the administrative 
    structure of the GNU Project: 
    https://www.gnu.org/gnu/gnu-structure.html
    

FSF to launch code hosting

  • FSF to launch code hosting

    The Free Software Foundation has announced that it is planning to launch a public code hosting and collaboration platform later this year.

FSF details progress on ‘ethical’ code hosting platform…

  • FSF details progress on ‘ethical’ code hosting platform…look away Git**b

    The Free Software Foundation has issued an update on its efforts to launch a public code hosting and collaboration platform, and after a review of ethical web-based software can confirm that…it probably won’t be based on GitLab.

    The FSF first aired its plans for a new “forge” last year, and this week confirmed “members of the FSF tech team are currently reviewing ethical Web-based software that helps teams work on their projects, with features like merge requests, bug tracking, and other common tools.” Which sounds like some other platforms you may be aware of.

    The new site would “complement the current GNU and non-GNU Savannah servers, which we will continue to support and improve, in collaboration with their awesome volunteer team”, it added.

    The statement went on to say, “it’s unfortunate that so much free software development currently relies on sites that don’t publish their source code, and require or encourage the use of proprietary software. Our GNU ethical repository criteria aim to set a high standard for free software code hosting, and we hope to meet that with our new forge.”

FSF Code Hosting/Collaboration Platform In Prospect

  • FSF Code Hosting/Collaboration Platform In Prospect

    So will the joined forces of FSF and Fedora Pagure make it a rival to GitHub. I hardly think so. Currently Pagure hosts 1965 projects and has 7905 users. In 2018, shortly after its acquisition by Microsoft was confirmed GitHub reached the milestone of 100 million repositories and a community of 31 million developers. Of course, acquisition by Microsoft would hardly appeal to the FSF and GitHub had already been rated an F (Unacceptable) on the GNU ethical repository criteria. SourceForge, also rated an F on the grounds that it rejects users in certain countries and that important site functionality doesn't work without JavaScript, or with LibreJS enabled, might feel the impact but as it claims 35 million users worldwide, perhaps not. It is GitLab with an active community of more trhan 2,200 contributors of that might feel the impact.

    The FSF's current grouse with GitLab is is use of Google ReCAPTCHA code, but more long-standing complaints are that it "Encourages bad licensing practice, including no license " and that it "does not work with LibreJS enabled". FSF's commitment to non-proprietary JavaScript appears to be the prime motivator for this new forge as for so much else.

FSF reveals plans to build a public code hosting and collab'

  • FSF reveals plans to build a public code hosting and collaboration platform

    The Free Software Foundation (FSF) announced plans to launch a public code hosting and collaboration platform (“forge“) this year.

    Members of the FSF tech team are currently reviewing ethical web-based software that will help teams work on their projects, with features like merge requests, bug tracking, and other common tools.

    “Infrastructure is very important for free software, and it’s unfortunate that so much free software development currently relies on sites that don’t publish their source code, and require or encourage the use of proprietary software,” FSF wrote in a blog post. “Our GNU ethical repository criteria aim to set a high standard for free software code hosting, and we hope to meet that with our new forge.”

    As of now, the team said it has been researching a list of candidate programs and analyzing them in terms of ethical and practical criteria. FSF aims to initially reach a B rating on the GNU ethical repository criteria, and then to work towards reaching an A rating after launch.

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