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Re: Please, no GitHub

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Please, no GitHub
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2015 01:40:47 -0500

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  > > stating the license on the source files themselves), and don't mention
  > > the difference between GPL 3-or-later and GPL 3-only, this leading
  > > people to choose the latter without realizing they made a choice.
  > > This fails C5.

  > Nobody is as experienced as you are in such subtle differences.

We are trying to educate other people about this
through methods such as our repository criteria.

  > 99% of the GitHub contributors are developers and programming
  > specialist. And not legal/license specialists.

That's why it is important for the site to lead them in the right

  > And to be honest, instead of recommending not to use GitHub
  > at all because of IMHO subtle flaws, FSF should offer something
  > better.

We already do: savannah.gnu.org.  We don't have the staff to provide
fast service, but on the most important dimension -- the ethical one
-- it is far superior to GitHub.

Would you like to volunteer to help take care of Savannah?
That could make a practical improvement.

  > And if there are not enough contributors to improve Savannah,
  > FSF should look to make contributions to it more attractive.

I don't see a way to do that.  Do you have any suggestions?

  > talk directly to GitHub people.

I already did, starting about a year ago.  I even had dinner with one
of their executives.  It seems to be a promising conversation, but
they dropped it inexplicably.  So we developed our repo criteria

If they want to resume the conversation, I won't refuse.

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation (gnu.org, fsf.org)
Internet Hall-of-Famer (internethalloffame.org)
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