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From: Rolf Bjaanes <rolf@gitorious.org>
Sender: Rolf Bjaanes <rolf@mail356.us4.mandrillapp.com>
Subject: Gitorious.org is dead, long live Gitorious.org
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:14:46 +0000

Hi cnst,

I’m Rolf Bjaanes, CEO of Gitorious, and you are receiving this email because you have a user on gitorious.org.

As you may know, Gitorious was acquired by GitLab [1] about a month ago, and we announced that Gitorious.org would be shutting down at the end of May, 2015.

After the announcement we talked to the Archive Team [2] about how to preserve Gitorious.org and its data for the future. A member of the Archive Team graciously offered to host gitorious.org as a read-only archive on Gitorious.org and GitLab agreed to allow to use the Gitorious.org domain name for this.

This is a huge benefit to anyone depending on gitorious.org as repositories will remain available at the same location. Cloning and fetching will continue to work as well. Projects you may depend on will stay around even if it isn’t moved to GitLab.

In order to build the archive we need to make Gitorious.org read-only prior to the shutdown date. This ensures that no new data is coming in while we are migrating. Pushing changes and creating new repositories will therefore stop working from the 15th of May, 2015.

[1] https://about.gitlab.com/2015/03/03/gitlab-acquires-gitorious/

[2] http://archiveteam.org/



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    I have to say, this is a very impressive and refreshing state of affairs!

    Compare it to identi.ca, which one day decided to completely remove everyone’s accounts, even without being acquired!

    P.S. Gitorious at one point was the official place for the unofficial FreeBSD repository and many clones.

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      Thanks - I was about to flag this for being mis-tagged until you explained the FreeBSD connection. (Even still, I’m not sure it’s a relevant tag, but I won’t flag it.)

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        Hm? Identi.ca removed accounts? I thought they just remove the ability to register? My account is still there.

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        OT: I’m surprised there isn’t a more graceful way to soft-wrap long lines in this type of context. GitHub suffers from the same problem, and it’s maddening. I get to the end of a line’s visible portion, have to scroll down forever to find the horizontal scroll bar, and by the time I get back up, I have no idea what thought I had paused mid-sentence.

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          You can click on the text and use the arrow keys to scroll.

          Or you can click the “raw” button at the top right to view a plaintext version, which your web browser will likely wrap for you.

          If you’re on a laptop with Linux and a Synaptics-compatible touchpad (most are), you can set up horizontal scrolling: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Touchpad_Synaptics#Frequently_used_options

          I imagine GitLab Snippets doesn’t word-wrap text because it’s designed for code and not long-form prose like this. But a checkbox to optionally enable this might be nice improvement.

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            Oh, you have to actually scroll down in order to find the horizontal bar?

            Well, that sucks, indeed, but… Your fault for not having a ThinkPad with the TrackPoint! :p

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              I was thinking I could get one of those Apple mice that has the multi-directional scroll wheel/ball.

              But then again, I’ve never had to buy hardware to use a website before.

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              Click your mouse wheel!