Back when the GNU project was starting, among the first things they rewrote as Free Software were:
- text editor / IDE (Emacs)
- assembler, linker, and compiler
- make

IOW, they made tools that they needed to further develop Free Software without relying on proprietary tools.

They wanted their project to be self-hosting.

Nowadays, we have more free software than ever, but we develop it using github and Discord...

@Wolf480pl Yeah, what's worse is that decent free software alternatives to these exist. Even if you think IRC is too archaic and want something modern, there's Matrix/Riot, Gitter, RocketChat, Mattermost...

For Git, there's GitLab CE, which even gives you CI integration, there's gogs/gitea....

GNU had to develop everything themselves. Projects nowdays just need to adopt excellent free software that's already there.

On a positive note, at least GNOME, VideoLAN & a few others self host...

@MatejLach @Wolf480pl Not to mention Canonical, FreeDesktop.Org, & GNU.

Seriously if you want to know how your OS works, the vast majority of that code is not on GitHub.

@alcinnz @MatejLach

I mean, it's not as bad as it could be, but it's definitely going in the wrong direction.


@Wolf480pl @MatejLach Funny story with the FreeDesktop.Org community, not too long ago they were slowly switching to GitHub from CGit. Now they're rapidly adopting self-hosted GitLab and are no longer using GitHub.

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