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Re: Add a mirror to github

From: Charles Daffern
Subject: Re: Add a mirror to github
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2016 19:31:03 +0000
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On 15/02/16 17:53, address@hidden wrote:
> On Monday, February 15, 2016 at 6:19:56 AM UTC-8, Chet Ramey wrote:
>> How does setting up a different place for people to get the code
>> contribute to a software monoculture? 
> github is becoming too popular for free software's own good.
> It's to the point that some people feel like if it's not on github, it's not 
> worth looking at.
I think hosting on a site like GitLab or BitBucket might be a good
compromise. It's essentially the same thing: a fancy web interface that
obviates the need for locally checked-out code. GitLab's community
edition is free software, and there are several online instances of that
software separate from GitLab's main website (which runs the nonfree

It's a vain hope of mine that adding popular projects to hosts other
than GitHub might stop people from conflating "git" (the tool) with
"GitHub" (the website). Unfortunately I don't think that will ever happen.

All that said, I don't see what tangible benefit you would get from
mirroring the source repo on any of those sites. I don't think it vastly
improves readability, and since they all lack features like jumping to
symbol definitions, in the case of multiple files it greatly harms
readability compared to bog-standard vim with ctags. The only thing
you'd get out of it really is an issue tracker, and I doubt people are
going to move all discussion to some external website without a good
reason to do so.

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