Usage¶Some forges might be able to:
- Provide a way for users to create and manage repositories by themselves, without any administrator interventions.
- Enable users to fork repositories very efficiently (without having the users push all the repository contents over a slow Internet connection).
- Enable users not used to sending patches by mail to have the forge do it for them.
Several forges have issues that prevent its use and deployment by Replicant and/or other free software projects.Here are some of the requirements we could have:
- Fully free software: we currently don't have the resources to maintain fully free forks of forges that aren't fully free software.
- Low resource usage: we have a VM with very low CPU and RAM.
- Workflow requirements:
- Have the ability to customize the interface, for instance if the forge doesn't support a mail workflow we need to add a link from within the forge to a page that explains how to send patches to the mailing list. The same probably applies to bug tracker system as we already have one that is already handled by redmine.
- Friendly upstream that can accept patches for integrating it with a mailing based workflow. We might need to customize it as we have many git repos.
- Code base where integrating a mailing list based workflow is not too hard to do
- Have it packaged in a distribution we can use in the FSF VMs to reduce maintenance cost
Forge evaluations done by other Free Software organizations¶
The FSF is currently evaluating forges to compliment their Savannah servers: https://www.fsf.org/blogs/sysadmin/coming-soon-a-new-site-for-fully-free-collaboration
FSF 2020 forge evaluation page on the LibrePlanet wiki: https://libreplanet.org/wiki/FSF_2020_forge_evaluation
December 4th, 2020 update: "The FSF forge is still a work in progress. Since our last update, summer intern Amin Bandali deployed a testing instance of SourceHut, one of many possible programs for the forge." https://www.fsf.org/bulletin/2020/fall/updates-from-the-fsf-tech-team
Possible forges for Replicant¶
We used gitlab before and we had resource usage issues. The VM went out of RAM because of that.
From our FOSDEM 2020 report :
It also hide buttons, which is awful for users as they don't understand what is going on.
Primary Developer: SharePunks Collective - spks.cc
Primary Maintainer: Lauris BH
- Based of Gitea and Gogs, so self-hosting is the focus.
- LibreJS complaint.
- Simple user export and import of data, including migration feature.
- Simple and easy to use interface, making for the easy integration for non-technical users.
- FSDG complaint distributions installations would both work with minimal effort.
- MIT Licensed, not committed to free software philosophies given it is permissibly licensed.
- Email setup is not the most straight forward but it could be accomplished.
- The size of the project is growing exponentially given its upstream, which includes GOGS/Gitea.
- The buttons seem to be greyed out when they cannot be used This is much better than Gitlab where the buttons like "Send pull request" completely disappear if the feature is deactivated. Having button like that disappearing is really bad as users struggle to understand what they are doing wrong and can't contribute, when in fact the feature is simply deactivated without any way that shows it.
- It's possible to create a theme that replaces the Pull Requests tab with a link (for instance the link could point to a page that explains how to send patches to the mailing list). src.fedoraproject.org uses that to replace the Issues tab with a link to Red Hat's Bugzilla
- There is some interest in bridging a mailing based workflow to pagure: https://pagure.io/pagure/issue/15
Contacts: #pagure on Freenode and/orthe email@example.com mailing list
- Completely integrated mailing list, build, todo, hub, and git repositories. Organizations/groups coming eventually.
- Simple user export of data
- AGPLv3, committed to free software philosophies and open source communities https://sourcehut.org/blog/2019-10-23-srht-puts-users-first/
- Also has wiki/manpage support, a paste service, and a dispatch service.
- Trisquel/Parabola installations would both work with minimal fuss: https://man.sr.ht/packages.md
- Alpine Linux is the most supported distribution, and doesn't meet RYF certification.
- Email setup can be a bit more complicated than alternatives, but it's fine if one is familiar with email concepts - SPF/DKIM/etc
- Drew maintains that sourcehut is "in alpha stage" - he goes over what that means here: https://sourcehut.org/alpha-details
Relevant email from the libreplanet-dev email list about how the Sourcehut CI can optionally be adapted to provide CI support for other forges, like Pagure and Gitea: https://lists.libreplanet.org/archive/html/libreplanet-dev/2021-01/msg00001.html