Dear @gitlab, after reading this, I am ashamed to be using your product:
We will stop using it as soon as we can manage to and I will stop recommending you to others. Unlike you, we don’t associate with folks incompatible with our values.
Shame on you.
@aral damn it, I was going to move to them after Github (who is bad enough) defended working with ICE.
Any idea what platform you may use in the future?
@lifning what I don't get is, why dont they host their own code?
@aral I’m always surprised by how little love BitBucket gets. It’s low on nonsense so far.
@codeberg someone's ears are burning.
This statement only applies to the corporation called GitLab Inc., not to the free software product called GitLab Community Edition. You can still use any one of the many independent instances running GitLab CE.
A CEO's statement about his company policy doesn't suddenly discredit the work of hundreds of contributors who put years into making GitLab CE.
@szbalint @aral @gitlab Agreed this is really bad. That addendum not only gives them a framework to justify collaborating with horrible people, but furthermore they "welcome everyone outside of [the] restrictions" of "trade compliance laws". And the commit is from the founder and CEO himself, who seems to be a major figure in the organisation. The text has gone live https://about.gitlab.com/company/strategy/#customer-acceptance
Why do you feel this is wrong (doing business with someone who does not share your values)?
I'd dare say this is a very broad concept.
I'll risk saying everyone in this thread has published GPLed code, and it can be used by anyone, regardless of their intentions. Should we restrict our licenses because of this?
PS - I'm not by any means implying you are somehow wrong, I'm just trying to understand your perspective!
@djayroma @FPinaMartins @gitlab How about you take your Godwin point and shove it up your smug ass? Take a fucking look around you, history is about to repeat itself unless we do something about it and you’re spending your time parroting stale Internet memes in a misconstrued calculation that your privilege will save you when it happens. Then again, what am I saying, having just glanced at your handle, you’re probably going to be wearing the latest Hugo boss attire while holding the door to it.
Mike Godwin called, he told you to stop flippantly invoking him where his law doesn't apply.
Ok, fair ponit, albeit, if I recall "IBM and the Hollocaust" correctlly, the values of the people in IBM responsible for helping with the holocaust were aligned with the nazis' at the time. A caluse such as @gitlab would not have had any effect.
I also consider this a *very* slippery slope. Where do we draw the line? Should religous people not do business with atheists? Should capitalists not do business with socialists? Should vegeterians not do business with "meat eaters"? 1/2
Because we live in a time when software developed for innocuous reasons can easily be used for the purposes of mass surveillance, ethnic cleansing, state censorship, etc.
Moral people who build tools and run services are asking themselves how they contribute to such things and how they can prevent it.
@nev @aral @gitlab
Can you please provide me with some "starter" resource links for this issue so I can learn more?
The way I see it (before studying the subject in depth) is that license restrictions (even if laden with good intentions) are easier to abuse for discrimination than something that is not restricted end up being used for nefarious purposes.
I am, of course, willing to change my opinion, based on more information.
Thank you in advance.
@nev @FPinaMartins @aral @gitlab how do you handle different incompatible ethical licenses? or ones that have, say, SWERF or TERF bullshit in them? being non-viral could fix this, but what's the point then? how do you translate ethical concerns into legal terms, nevermind enforcing them? dealing with ethical problems at the license level is a mistake
@a_breakin_glass @nev @FPinaMartins @aral @gitlab minimal terms, like the UNHRC, and not including software people don't want you to? intellectual property is theft and the gpl is a clever way to use it to subvert itself but we're never gonna have a perfect way to guarantee all freedoms except those that restrict freedoms
I think it's good and admirable to try and I'd love to see someone getting in trouble for breaking copyright law because they used my code to bomb a hospital
@Kye @aral @gitlab Here is the changed section (easier to read): https://about.gitlab.com/company/strategy/#customer-acceptance
@nev @aral @maarteuh @gitlab Companies in the US are actually legally required to vet customers. If GitLab don't know that, they should try doing business with a few companies on the Denied Parties List and see how that works out for them.
@kaniini I mean you could just use CE; that’s what we’ve been doing on our own server but I’m going to move to something else after reading that crap.
I've just seen this :-)
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