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Re: Next steps for gitlab.debian (Re: GitLab B.V. to host free-software GitLab for Debian project)

On Tue, Jun 07, 2016 at 07:26:43PM +0100, Ian Jackson wrote:
> Pirate Praveen writes ("Re: Next steps for gitlab.debian (Re: GitLab B.V. to host free-software GitLab for Debian project)"):
> > On Tuesday 07 June 2016 11:21 PM, Antonio Terceiro wrote:
> > > Praveen, I think you could call this new thing something like
> > > labs.debian.net. pkgs.debian.net (the fedora git server is called
> > > pkgs.fedoraproject.org), of even dev.debian.net. or anything else,
> > > really, as long as it exists, and is not called "gitlab" (I agree that
> > > not calling a service by the name of the tool that provides it is a good
> > > thing).
> > 
> > I like dev.debian.net. I'll proceed with finding a hosting service and
> > sub domain. Lets call this an experiment and decide about official
> > status once we have it running for some time.
> Please don't call it "dev.debian.net" (or "pkgs.debian.net").  Those
> are each both a namespace landgrab and far too vague.
> What would be wrong with "gitlab.debian.net" ?  (Is gitlab a trademark
> that we should avoid in this context?)
> gitlab.debian.net would have the virtue that everyone would know what
> it was.

Using a tool-agnostic name would be appropriate if such tools are easily
replaceable.  This _does_ apply to a part of gitlab's functionality, namely,
interacting with it using git -- but the whole rest, ie, project management,
permissions system, merge requests, code review, etc, is not compatible with
other tools, such as fusionforge that gitlab directly competes with.

This said, the decision, at least in the .debian.net stage, belongs to
Pirate, by the virtue of being the person actually doing the work.

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