It came to my attention earlier this week that the Eclipse Foundation
had begun public discussion of the drafting of a new version of the EPL.
So far little has been said on the relevant mailing list:
This caught my attention though:
http://dev.eclipse.org/mhonarc/lists/epl-discuss/msg00013.html as it
relates closely to the 'rule vs standard' issue that in the past was
The suggestion made by Jim Wright is interesting as at a high level it
bears some relationship to what I have been thinking about lately for
copyleft-next. It starts out with MPL-style copyleft as a conceptual
basis and tries to define something more extensive, but (unlike EPL
1.0) attempts to do so by articulating something bright line instead
of relying on some legal notion of derivative works.
I'm hoping to refocus attention on copyleft-next again soon (yes I
know I've said that before, but I *mean* it now!).
Originally the canonical public repository for copyleft-next was under
my personal github account
(github.com/richardfontana/copyleft-next.git). Due in large part to
ethical criticisms from bkuhn (and with the quixotic hope of getting
bkuhn to contribute), I changed that to
gitorious.org/copyleft-next/copyleft-next.git while keeping the github
repository in sync. (I also for a while mirrored the gitorious
repository on fedorahosted and in a github organization account but
didn't keep those up to date.)
As you probably know by now, GitLab has acquired Gitorious and
Gitorious will apparently be shutting down in a few months.
I thought I'd use the Gitorious Apocalypse as a good excuse to
investigate self-hosting a github-like web application.
bkuhn has recommended Kallithea, the RhodeCode fork which not long ago
became a Software Freedom Conservancy member project. I'm a bit
familiar with use of Gitlab, and I have read a bit about gogs recently.
So this evening I tried installing all three of them, and am sorrty to
say failed completely.
So as far as I'm concerned it is fairly clear that Kallithea and Gogs
are not quite ready for actual real-world use. I'll continue to follow
them from a distance to see if they mature or at least have
installation instructions I can make some sense out of.
As for Gitlab, it was the one of the three I was disinclined to use
because of its permissive-core open core-ish model (could be worse,
though). However, with Kallithea and Gogs being non-viable, Gitlab was
my only hope. But attempts to install the Gitlab 'community edition'
CentOS package according to instructions failed, by which point I was
too frustrated to do anything but abandon these self-hosting experiments.
So with some sadness, I am currently intending to return to the roots
of copyleft-next and making the github repository the canonical one. I
may look into a simpler self-hosting solution using a minimalist web
frontend like gitweb which I imagine might be easier to get running.
Don't say I didn't try.