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Gna!, A New Host for Libre Software Development

A new software hosting platform is available, and we are spreading the word. Dear Free Software friends,

Gna!, a self-organized development hosting facility, is now available to all Libre Software developers and users at http://gna.org/. It was created in January 2004 and is offering the same services as Savannah (http://savannah.gnu.org/) and SourceForge (http://sf.net/).

Philosophically, Gna! follows the lead of the Free Software Foundation. Projects hosted on Gna! will be distributed under licensing terms compatible with each other so that they can be mixed freely. Running these projects on your own machine will not require any non-free software.

"Self-organized" means that Gna! is run by its users. Anyone is welcome to contribute to the maintenance of the hardware and software platform. Entering the Gna! maintainers team can happen within the hour; propose your membership, answer support requests if you can, provide a patch to implement the feature you want. No contribution will be ignored or discarded, and if you make a mistake, we rely on you to fix it.

Because Gna! is philosophically and technically compatible with Savannah, we've started to implement an import/export procedure so that projects can move freely between Gna! and Savannah. The compromise of Savannah last year showed that it is critical to have many Free Software development facilities where projects can be backed up easily.

Happy hacking!

Recent comments

09 Mar 2005 17:09 Avatar LodeRunner

Re: Is it really necessary to force the world into GPL ?

Second: There is no real discrepancy. The

GPL-compatibility requirement for program projects is
how we can pretend that hosted projects "will be
distributed under licensing terms compatible with
each other so that they can be mixed freely".

Just to avoid misunderstandings: use "pretend"

instead of "intend" is a common mistake for speakers

of romanic languages, since it is a false cognate.

That sentence should read as:

The GPL-compatibility requirement for program

projects is how we can intend to assure that hosted

projects "will be distributed under licensing terms

compatible with each other so that they can be mixed

freely".

21 Aug 2004 18:27 Avatar antrik

HTML design


> About

> table, I can tell you that you would get

> a wontfix within the

> hour, as the primary matter is

> functionality, not following the

> trends of webdesign. In the past (not

> years ago), table were

> the only way to do complicated

> arrangements. Now there

> are faster and cleaner methods. It does

> not mean that the

> previous method are plain stupid and

> working no more.

Sorry, this isn't about "trends". There are very good reasons for not using

tables for layout purposes, including accessibility, usability and

compatibility.

Today, you can create a design that looks good on any modern browser, is still

usable on about any browser ever created, and moreover easier to maintain. No

point in sticking to old kludges like layout tables.

I can understand if you lack the time or knowledge to update the design

yourself. But that doesn't make the wish for such an update invalid.

21 Aug 2004 17:57 Avatar antrik

Re: Is it really necessary to force the world into GPL ?


> You cannot take GPLed source code and

> use it in a BSD licensed project.

You can very well. Only the result won't be BSD anymore.

The problem here isn't the GPL not being compatible with BSD; the problem is

the GPL not being compatible with your insistance on sticking to BSD licensing.

But that doesn't prevent otheres from mixing your BSD project with parts of

GPL projects. Thus, GNA!s claim is perfectly valid.

01 Jul 2004 06:01 Avatar AndrewCates

Places which make money
It is difficult.

We all hate the monopolistic rip-off merchants and that drives us to be prepared to do something for nothing but evetually they'll have to be some mechanism other than donations to pay for all this free stuff. Personally I'd rather pay upfront than be advertised to death

BozMo (http://catesfamily.org.uk/)

30 Jun 2004 22:34 Avatar brianko

Re: I didn't realize making money was the purpose


> And, how does that place plan to make

> money?

I realize this is probably a troll, but I'll respond anyway: One of the major reasons why I've moved my projects from SF to Gna is that the blatant commercialism and begging for money on SF has simply gotten out of hand. You can't even do an advanced search on SF without being a paid subscriber. Why would I send my money to a for-profit company like VA Software when my donation could be used by a true non-profit entity? (I do plan to put money where mouth is once I get settled in at Gna.) VA Software isn't hosting SF out of the goodness of their hearts; they simply see open-source as another part of their revenue stream.

This is sort of off-topic, but have you requested assistance from the SF staff lately? Don't bother: Unless you're a subscriber, they're way to busy to bother with you, and if they do, they're usually pretty curt about it. In a way, SF has outgrown its original purpose of providing a true service to the open-source community, and it's time to move on.

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