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Re: please do *never* use GitHub for free software, was Re: Salsa vs Github




On Fri 17/May/2019 17:52:02 +0200 rhkramer wrote:

> On Friday, May 17, 2019 03:28:51 AM Dominik George wrote:
>> >> please do*never*  use GitHub for free software
>> >
>> >Please explain, in detail, why.
>> 
>> If discrimination against parts of the community is not enough for you,
>> here's why:
>> 
>> https://mako.cc/writing/hill-free_tools.html
>> 
>> https://www.adamhyde.net/another-good-reason-not-to-use-github/
>> 
>> https://www.mirbsd.org/permalinks/wlog-10_e20170301-tg.htm


TLDR;  Don't *depend* on GitHub (bite-and-run usage doesn't seem to hurt).


> I might try to read these later, but don't have time at the moment, but I do 
> have a question:
> 
> Does putting software on GitHub give them any kind of claim on the 
> intellectual property of the software?


Yes, it does.  Despite what others have said, there is a beneficial patent
exhaustion effect.   If software with patented algorithms is distributed by the
patent owner, for example by Microsoft via GitHub, the patent is exhausted.
https://fosdem.org/2019/schedule/event/patent_exhaustion/


Best
Ale