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

Hi Alex,
As I wrote earlier, we're open to making certain features available upon request. In the specific case of the feature that was discussed - could you please elaborate what is missing and what functionality is available on the Enterprise edition that you'd like to be made public? We want to better understand the use-case and the requirements to respond to this request.


On Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 9:53 AM Alexander Wirt <formorer@debian.org> wrote:
On Wed, 22 Jun 2016, Pirate Praveen wrote:

> [adding gitlab folks in cc]
> On Saturday 11 June 2016 02:16 PM, Alexander Wirt wrote:
> > On Sat, 11 Jun 2016, Ole Streicher wrote:
> >
> >> Pirate Praveen <praveen@onenetbeyond.org> writes:
> >>>> Debian needs feature X but it is already in the e.nterprise version. We make
> >>>> a patch and for commercial reasons it never gets merged (they already sell it
> >>>> in the enterprise version). Which means we will have to fork the software and
> >>>> keep those patches forever. Been there done that. For me, that isn't
> >>>> acceptable.
> >>>> I don't want another Nagios.
> >>>
> >>> I agree this is a legitimate concern. I have asked Gitlab Inc for their
> >>> policy on merge requests to Gitlab CE for features already in Gitlab EE.
> >>> Based on their reply, we can decide how to proceed. If their reply is
> >>> positive, I will ask them to make it public, and we can go ahead with a
> >>> debian.net instance of Gitlab. If their reply is negative, we can drop
> >>> gitlab and consider Pagure (second best option).
> >>
> >> We do patching as part of our daily packaging already: to replace (or
> >> circumvent) non-dfsg functionality, to integrate into our environment,
> >> and everything else that upstream is not willing or able to apply
> >> himself but is good in our opinion. Depending on the package, you may
> >> find huge patches for our packages
> >>
> >> I would not see why a missing functionality of gitlab would be different
> >> here.
> > Given my personal expericence with so called opencore software, I do.
> >
> > Alex
> >
> >
> Hi Alex,
> GitLab folks have indicated their interest to consider solving access
> problems for debian (possibly releasing relevant code as Free Software
> if we are serious about using gitlab). They would like to have a call
> with relevant admins (since you being git.debian.org maintainer, your
> presence would be essential, if we were to do such a call). Would you be
> open to such a call?
I really prefer async communication like mail.




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