Proposal process status

Richard Eisenberg rae at
Wed Jul 20 17:00:59 UTC 2016

> On Jul 20, 2016, at 12:47 PM, Alexander Berntsen <alexander at> wrote:
> On 20/07/16 11:36, Ben Gamari wrote:
>> * What would you like to see changed in the proposed process, if 
>> anything?
> No GitHub. In order to fully utilise GitHub, one needs to run
> proprietary programs. Additionally, GitHub is proprietary software
> server-side.

While I indeed sympathize with your desire to avoid proprietary, closed software, I'd like to point out that avoiding GitHub because it's closed has a real cost:
 * It requires more work (a very limited resource) to maintain our own instance of whatever alternate solution we come up with.
 * GitHub is very current in our community. Moving away from GitHub may increase barriers to contributions.

Of course, our use of GitHub would appear to increase barriers to those who avoid closed software. This fact means that we need to balance the desires of some potential contributors (who prefer to avoid closed software) with other potential contributors (who prefer to use GitHub).

To be clear, I'm not trying to shoot down Alexander's point -- just trying to point out that there are shades of gray here.

Also, what proprietary programs are needed to fully utilize GitHub? I just use git and ssh, both pieces of free software.


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