I don't think there's enough discussion around Github. I worry about the myriad possibilities of devious acts M$ could be doing with such a massive database of code, and real-time granular data of how projects operate... Imagine using machine learning / AI on such a massive system - there are obvious things one could imagine, like maybe they will create advance self-coding machines or coding assistants, or the possibilities for novel approaches dealing with bugs & vulnerabilities, or maybe even..... you get the idea, this is just the tip of the iceberg. What's wrong with this? Great new tech, right? Well, yeah, except that they're going to get all this potential and soooooo much more on the backs of open-source projects and take advantage of the developers who have no say-so in this at all! Except, we do have a say so - we can not use the service. Arguably this will not stop anything from happening, but it does make it less likely to be M$ alone that pioneers these technologies by co-opting the OSS community. I don't want to stop the march of technology anyways, I just want to keep it open and free!
I think GitHub should be a lesson we learn before it becomes a devastating problem; maybe the idea of massive software repositories owned by corporate entities is not a great idea! We never had problems in the past hosting projects, did we? I remember 20 years ago it was not at all hard to find few kind people willing donate some server space for projects - and now hardware / storage is so much cheaper, I think that model is arguably even more well suited to today's landscape, and it certainly feels more in line with the philosophy of open-source. So much more so than corporate-backed hosting. Also, self-hosting is so cheap these days, just $5 can get your a small Linode VPS...
So... Any fans of Gitea? It looks very nice at initial glance. I'm looking to self-host a nice github alternative, that's what spurred this rant. I'm aware of Gitlab, and it looks nice, and of course there's the idea of no fancy front end at all... Gitea is looking pretty decent to me at this point, though. Does anyone have experience with it? Good or bad things to say... reasons I should use something different? I would just like something nice for my own meager uses, but also okay for when someone in need of a repo, even just to have a clone as a backup. We should be more willing to help each other, and less dependent on corporate entities!
Honestly, I didn't do much with Github previously, but I certainly won't now that M$ owns them. I honestly don't understand why so many projects are still on Github, but then again I'm small potatoes, and there's probably some good reasons large projects find them appealing - but I'm admittedly ignorant as to what those reasons might be. I think the risks have to outweigh them though, don't they?