Article published by: Leah Rowe
Date of publication: 8 April 2023
Git repositories provided by Libreboot are still available via Notabug, but the Notabug site has been quite unreliable for some time now. I notice it mostly in the evenings, when more people are likely using it. Essentially, the service is overloaded all the time and this results in regular HTTP 500 errors, causing pull requests, git clone, issue reports and other things to go offline at random times.
I kept Libreboot on Notabug for as long as possible, because I hoped that the admin (single) would fix issues, but I can’t keep waiting.
Libreboot was originally a member of the Peers Community, which hosts Notabug. So I had an affinity for Notabug.
I’ve decided to set up an account on Codeberg. You can find it here:
On this day, 8 April 2023, the following repositories are available via Codeberg:
ich9utils repository is now part of lbmk, under
util/ich9utils, so the ich9utils repository was not needed on Codeberg (it still exists on Notabug). I’ll add bucts to Libreboot’s lbmk repo too (under
Codeberg runs on forgejo, itself a fork of Gitea, which itself is a fork of Gogs. Notabug runs on an older, modified version of Gogs, which lacks a lot of nicer features like issue search.
Codeberg’s forgejo instance has issue search, and it has a nice CI built in, namely woodpecker. All of this and more could be useful to Libreboot, and is being looked into.
The interface is virtually identical to that of Notabug, since it’s based upon the same original codebase. Links on libreboot.org have been updated. You can send issue reports and pull requests in much the same way as before, but you will need to make a new account on codeberg.org if you don’t already have one.
The notabug repositories are still available, and I’ll still push new code to them. I push to several repositories, not just codeberg/notabug, but those are the ones that I openly advertise.
Notabug is usually available, but it is often overloaded in the evenings, so it’s no longer viable for production use, but it’s still viable as a backup. If codeberg is ever down, at least you’d be able to download from Notabug.
Forgejo, based on Gitea, is what runs on Codeberg. They host the project, on behalf of the developers. Forgejo is working on federating the git forge, so that mastodon-like features are available (pull requests, issues and such).
Until federated collaboration is possible in Git (via the web), it’s simply not viable for a small project like Libreboot to provide a self-hosted instance, because it would mean that people have to make an account on the site just for Libreboot. This seems unreasonable as a request. Lots of people are on codeberg, and already have accounts.
Codeberg is run by a non-profit organisation that seems pretty solid, with donations infrastructure too, so they’ll probably always have the resources to manage the service effectively.
When federation becomes available, I assume Codeberg’s forgejo instance will become part of that, so it just makes practical sense for Libreboot to use Codeberg.
I considered sourcehut. I like the concept of it (mailing lists made easier, email-based collaboration) but I don’t think most people will want to use that.
Forgejo provides a web-based interface in a style that most people are used to.
Libreboot is not hosted on sourcehut, officially, in any capacity.
That is all.
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