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Re: A challenge for community to go beyond what's already rule

From: Fosshost
Subject: Re: A challenge for community to go beyond what's already rule
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2020 17:58:58 +0000
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   Hi Jean
   Nope, we are not that specific, we provide hosting to free open source
   software projects and associated groups, which may do good for the
   community.  It is not 100% GNU or "libre" and I would be doing you a
   disservice if I said it was.
   I was merely raising that in the case where hardware is unaffordable,
   we provide, at best, a service that has helped more than 80 projects to
   date.  Nearly all of those projects are free software, open-source, or
   "free".  We position ourselves really as supporting the open-source
   We accept projects that are using an OSI-license, our eligibility is
   almost identical to that of, except we are the UK / European
   version without the university affiliation.
   Thanks, Thomas
   On Friday, November 20, 2020 17:46 GMT, Jean Louis <>

     * Fosshost <> [2020-11-20 20:25]:
     > Thought it may be helpful at this stage for me to give my 2 cents.
     > run a project called and our service has been
     > with those in mind from underrepresented groups across society.
     > means where individuals do not have the funds or means to be able
     > purchase hardware, we can provide it to them virtually, at no
     > cost. Clearly this still requires some kind of device to “connect”
     > and “manage” the service we provision, but I believe it is less of
     > an ask. One use case could simply be that they have a very old
     > device with a poor and outdated spec but it’s still strong enough
     > connect to a remote system. Won’t apply in every case but it’s one
     > of the things we are doing here at and we are
     Hello Thomas,
     That is great idea and initiative. I have visited the site only that
     did not find the projects that are specifically hosted there. Are
     those listed projects all hosted there? For example for Guix I was
     thinking it is on GNU servers.
     One thing I am not sure what you mean with open source, do you mean
     free software? Is there a policy of hosting actually free software
     Is there any policy that will say that free software that is not
     exclusively made to control non-free software should not be hosted
     there? For example in Hyperbola GNU/Linux-libre we avoid such
     that may be free itself but may pull or demand non-free software.
     For example Debian non-free repository is open source but is
     software, it should be clear from the name of repository.
     I am researching and I wish to know which hosting provider to
     recommend to other people when switching from Github for example.
     Vague terminology for me is:
     Other free software hosting providers I have in the list are
     GNU Project
     Savannah, the software forge for people committed to free software
     Savannah on
     https// (Germany)
     Trisquel GNU/Linux-libre Git Repositories
     If somebody has more hyperlinks please tell me that I may update my

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