GitHub is a Microsoft-owned corporate walled garden, actively working to monopolize the space.
Gitlab, while huge, has a great, full-featured FLOSS version for self-hosting that is also a first-class citizen as far as their handling of technical issues is concerned. Plus, they are at least talking about a federated protocol:
Still, we see many people complain about the GitLab.com service being behind #Cloudflare, taking intransparent decisions, and it's still a commercial product after all.
We won't give a statement if we consider them better than GitHub or not, but we'll be working hard to offer a viable alternative to everyone who wants to avoid both of them for whatever reason.
@codeberg yes, I understand all of this.
But if you're talking about gitlab.com, why not be clear about it and say "gitlab.com", instead of effectively painting any and all Gitlab instances (like the amazing 0xacab.org, for example) with the same broad brush?
@rysiek Where did we paint any GitLab instance by saying that it should not be required to use them?
I'll happily paint us with the same brush: No one should be forced to use Codeberg, it's perfectly fine to use anything you like. You can also send your patches via E-Mail or use another VCS.
Diversity matters. Freedom matters. We're aiming at offering freedome, not at creating another trap.
@codeberg and that is perfectly fair. But none of the 3 different Gitlab instances I managed at one time or another is behind CloudFlare.
Hence me asking for a clear distinction between Gitlab and gitlab.com.
@rysiek We'll try to be more sensible here in the future, but still, using the term "GitLab" can still be considered the correct term for their hosted service and is commonly used - also as Hashtag.
We'll try to be more clear in the future, but still, we don't like being called out for this.
@codeberg "correct", sure, but if someone said "No one should be forced to use GitHub or Codeberg" you'd probably feel a bit awkward and a bit bad about it (even though technically it's also correct), for the same reasons why I felt somewhat meh about lumping Github and Gitlab.
Anyway, thanks for engaging and considering. I appreciate it.
And thanks for doing what you do. The more amazing forges, the better!
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