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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] support me

From: Aaron Wolf
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] support me
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:15:14 -0700
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Wonderful work Sytse! While I still don't like the "open core" model, I
really appreciate your consideration and flexibility here.

Please use this guide to make sure that all the client-side JavaScript
is recognized as freely-licensed:

Even with the Enterprise Edition at, the ability to use
everything on the site with only freely-licensed JavaScript would be a
substantial distinction versus GitHub!

Thanks so much,

On 04/14/2015 10:59 AM, Sytse Sijbrandij wrote:
>> Rather than spending the time on a formal analysis of's
>> served JavaScript, I feel like I may be able to get a better
>> understanding and justification from those that developed it.  If you
>> have some extra time, I'd appreciate it.
> Good idea!
>> With migrating away from Gitorious, it is important for free software
>> users and hackers to understand what code is running within their
>> browser.  LibreJS considerations aside (patches can be submitted for
>> that), are there any proprietary modifications to the JavaScript served
>> by's GitLab instance, or are all sources available either in
>> the vanilla installation or another source code repository?
> We might have some javascript for Enterprise Edition specific
> functionality that is not MIT licensed. If any, it would be trivial
> code (most EE functions are ruby code) and we would be willing to MIT
> license it by merging it into the Community Edition (although it will
> be non-functional there).
> We plan to make the source code of Enterprise Edition downloadable
> soon (it will still be non-free software). At that time I would
> appreciate someone checking if there is anything to merge into CE
> since we are pretty time constrained. I can also give people access
> right now if they are interested in checking this.
>> I cannot recommend GitHub to anyone because, although I use it, I must
>> do so with JavaScript disabled, which severely hampers (or even
>> prohibits use of) much of its functionality.  It would be excellent if I
>> could state confidently that (a) GitLab is not only excellent software,
>> but its hosting serves Free software and is superior to GitHub not only
>> as software, but also as a host; and (b) that GitLab intends to keep it
>> this way.
> We will certainly keep it this way.
>> (I am aware of the use of Google Analytics, which is proprietary; it can
>> be easily disabled by their domain, so that is less of a concern.)
> GitLab CE also has support for Piwik
>> Would you mind describing to us the current situation, and whether
>> GitLab would be willing to make any guarantees to the community under
>> (b)?  This would be useful information for the GNU project as well, as
>> there have been discussions recently on the ethics of GitHub and the
>> like.
> I would love to, but I have a hard time coming out with legally
> binding language. We could also do a blog post to put us on record.
> But what would we say? GitLab Community Edition will be awesome,
> non-artificially restricted, free software until the end of time?
>> If you'd prefer to discuss any details in private, feel free to respond
>> directly to me.  I'm interested personally as well, since I'm
>> considering my migration options.
> I'm comfortable doing this out in the open.
>> Thanks.
>> - --
>> Mike Gerwitz
>> Free Software Hacker | GNU Maintainer
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