Recently, Github has restricted people from Iran, Syria, and other regions from accessing their private repositories and the static website host Github Pages.

Free and ethical technology use denounces such crony nepotism oppressing individuals from practicing technological liberties and hacker culture. Please consider using as your new host for your projects. Sourcehut is 100% libre, composable, Javascript-free, and does not track you at all!

Is it related to the fact that GitHub is owned by Microsoft, an USA based company that must comply with their country laws, be they stupid as fuck ?

@Xipiryon @gnupropaganda
Probably, but then Github was a US company (San Francisco) prior to the Microsoft acquisition anyway.

This is not recent in my knowledge unfortunately. Good to know that there are alternatives

@gnupropaganda I have to say I don't think anyone's entitled to use of GitHub's (virtual) servers. If GitHub won't/can't provide them they can host with someone else.

Though I'd definitely encourage people to not flock to GitHub like they have been, and try out some alternatives. The problem with GitHub is (mostly) that we're all using it.

@gnupropaganda I wouldn't blame GitHub for this. It's not their fault. That email right there says it's U.S. trade control laws. So the real issue here is the U.S. restricting what people can do online.

@gnupropaganda Which is why you should use or host #independent #infrastructure. Rent a VM, unite across borders, ask others for help, run #Gitea, sync across multiple repos. The web is distributed by design. Make use of it!

@gnupropaganda Isn't US-based as well? Their availability for people in Syria, Iran etc is just contingent of the platform remaining under the radar of the treasury's OFAC, and they can be pretty nasty.

The only solution to this type of sanctions is self hosting.

These restrictions have existed for more than ten years, by the way. Sourceforge did the same in 2009.

It's great you're adding to the diverse range of code hosting options.

Seems like this is an issue of Github being affected by USA trade laws though, which could likely affect Sourcehut similarly?

Sourcehut is hosted in Philly & SanFran so I'm assuming it's a US-based service, but the signup pages etc don't give details.

Is there a reason could not have the same trade limitations applied?

@gnupropaganda why am I posting at an account with "propaganda" in the title ffs

Sign in to participate in the conversation

Fosstodon is an English speaking Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.