Hi all! I'm a software dev based in San Francisco. I'm into Gemini, decentralization, and software minimalism and I'm the admin/developer for https://flounder.online/ (gemini://flounder.online)
Currently working on a couple of projects related to self-hosting git: https://git.alexwennerberg.com/mygit
I look forward to being a part of Merveilles!
@aw will this be the first minimalist forge with federation built in? That would be ✨ fantastic 🌟
@dachary It's not really a "forge" in a traditional sense, just a set of tools that make it easy to self host git + a mailing list. It'll be federated via email and RSS, but I could support read-only activitypub as well. both services will be read-only / pull based for simplicity of self hosting.
@aw You wrote "...not being on GitHub means you lose a lot of discoverability,.." and I'm not sure I understand. I'm under the impression that people use generic search engines like DuckDuckGo for everything. I for one never use the GitHub search. Did anyone study how people discover the existence of a given Free Software and published the results ?
@dachary That would be an interesting study, but I for example use github search or a google search with "github" pretty frequently, and I think many others do as well
@aw @resist1984 I hope @fedeproxy will be ready when you close your GitHub account. I closed mine years ago and participating in Free Software projects trapped in GitHub became difficult and tedious. The curse of 0% interoperability 😭
If you want a taste of what it is like, feel free to read the three part story I wrote about a contribution I made a few months ago.
@dachary @fedeproxy @aw self-hosting is best, but if you ever need to find a public forge you might find this list useful: https://git.sdf.org/humanacollaborator/humanacollabora/src/branch/master/forge_comparison.md
@resist1984 Interesting. I wish there were more sourcehut instances aside from sr.ht
@dachary I'll take a look, seems interesting.