A long time ago, the infamous klaatu of GNU World Order fame, recommended Gitorious.org to me for a free and GNU friendly git host. I’ve been using them since, but the business model of (free) code hosting is a difficult problem to solve (just look at the recent Sourceforge scandals), and I was sad to receive an e-mail from them early this year about their closing down.
Gitorious was bought by Gitlab, a relatively well-known competitor of github.com. I’ve been discussing the move with Kastian for a while, and after trying out some alternatives, we ended up going for github.com. Here’s the current repo layout on github:
- Biamin main repository: https://github.com/sigg3/biamin
- Biamin GPL only repository: https://github.com/sigg3/biamin-gpl
- Biamin Legacy repository: https://github.com/sigg3/biamin-legacy
The main repo is the development version with current master (releases) and dev (development) branches. It will probably also contain some drafts of text-only documents for the background history, bestiary etc. in the future. The GPL only repository is provided as a courtesy for those who only want to look at/use/clone the Biamin «game engine» without any Creative Commons licensed artwork. The GPL version follows the official release cycle, with a short delay. The Legacy repo is provided for my own nostalgia, and contains the final version of the original game. It will only receive bugfixes.
The guys at gitorious.org are kind enough to continue hosting the static pages that are there now, and we’ve added a notice on each repo header to inform about the move to github.
Naturally, the move to github broke our update script, but that stopped working when we changed the branch models of the main repository. In order to future-safe the update script, I’ll be looking at using sigg3.net for hosting the release versions, regardless of code/git host. That’s all for now, more news to come shortly!