I just wrote a post about self-hosting Git repositories, corporate abuse of FOSS, and liberty-first computing over on my blog. In that post, I explored the idea of an alternative open-source-like model in which honest, independent open-source users/contributors can still operate as such, but where access to large corporations is gated and monetized at the discretion of the owner of the code in question.
It's not a new idea, it just relies on individual choice regarding their self-hosted code and how much they'd like to gate access (and to whom they'd like to gate access), including via monetization, instead of relying on trust in flimsy licenses that corporations have proven to disregard. In my head, that reality just means everyone else should also disregard them (unless they're ready to put their hat in the ring for a legal fight), and close the doors on their code (while still easily opening those doors to those whom they trust).
I am not interested in discussing whether or not anyone here agrees with me, or whether or not anyone thinks it's a good or bad idea. Instead, I want to find like-minded people who are on board with the idea.
If any such people are here, drop links to your website + self-hosted-code here, and maybe we can form something like a '90s-style webring (I've got a few links on my site so far to get the ball rolling).
Here is mine:
- Website: https://rfleury.com
- Code Depot: https://git.rfleury.com