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For all those having panickily migrated their projects from to to get away from MS: GitLab just started the process of migrating to the Google cloud (GCP). Which means it won't be available in some countries (Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria) anymore because of "legal restrictions", as informed them. Hopefully none of the migrators lives in any of them: migration is running already, no access possible anymore.

Congrats! 😒


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@IzzyOnDroid we should differentiate here between ‘gitlab.com’ and ‘gitlab’ in general like salsa.debian.org/public or gitlab.gnome.org/

Well at least you can create your own
GitLab server.

@ami But that's not where most migrated to. It's not the software I question.

@IzzyOnDroid Lots of people never learn.

We tried to tell them about #GitHub but “hey it's so cool”.

Now people don't want to listen about the #Gitlab.com #SAAS and the problem of #centralisation


#contributopia #GAFAM

@DaD Yeah. What's really needed is federation in Gitea, GitLab etc. So everyone and his little sister could self-host, and stuff would still be found.

@IzzyOnDroid To be fair since they were previously on Azure and AWS I guess it wouldn't had changed anything in the long term.

@tcit That's another thing I said "back then": Running away from MS to a platform hosted on … MS? To be honest: I had an account on both platforms before, and still have. Still wait for a federated Gitea to "reallocate".

@tcit @IzzyOnDroid

I moved my stuff to gitlab to ensure I had a working HEAD for my repositories.

Then I created my own go-gitea instance. It doesn't have the massive overhead of self-hosted gitlab, and it has served me extremely well ever since.

My sole complaint is their use a .io domain for the primary website:


@dgold @tcit Good choice. Using Gitea myself, mirroring all my repos from Github. That at least takes care for the code and the wikis. Hope they'll have that for issues and PRs/MRs as well, soon. At least that's what TeaHub plans (may they get started soon!).


That's a pretty double-edged sword. At least Google doesn't dance to the tune of backwards regimes.

I moved to GitLab because even among large greedy corporations, Microsoft stands out as an asshole among assholes, going out into the world to cause active harm.

Anyway, the move to GitLab is only temporary until there's a viable federated solution.

@Coffee Does it really not dance – when it plans for a censored search engine in China? Quote: "Google is developing a version of its search engine that will conform to China's censorship laws"


Okay, they do. The thing is, they get flak for cooperating with censorship, and they also get flak for keeping their backs straight, resulting in blocks.

If our voice is so self-contradicting, it's no wonder they just do whatever they want.

@IzzyOnDroid #Gitlab is *also* selfhosted. And it's really easy to move between instances.

So, yes. Moving to gitlab.com may not improve much. But it allows you super-easy migration to a self-hosted gitlab server at any moment in future.

And moving to "a gitlab" is always an improvement #selfhosted.

@berkes GitLab *can* be self-hosted (GitLab-CE if you want it free). But GitLab.com is *not* self-hosted. So if you want that super-easy migration without the side-effects mentioned, you'd need to self-host GitLab-CE and start the migration from your own instance.

@IzzyOnDroid gitlab.com offers backups. Which allow super-easy import in *any* selfhosted version. This is a full migration. Synching is also possible, but i've not tried that.

You *don't* need gitlab-CE for selfhosting; where did you get that idea?

@berkes Migrating to gitlab.com is NOT selfhosting. And that's what my original post was about.



But moving to gitlab *is* an improvement over github. Which you stated not to be.

Github == SAAS.
Gitlab == SAAS + easy migration to non-SAAS.

Moving to gitlab.com can be seen as a step towards better decentralisation.

@berkes Yeah, *that* I can agree to. But the second step has to follow: migrating to something self-hosted. Be it GitLab-CE, Gitea or whatever. Else: see initial toot of this thread.