Bits of Freedom
Bits of Freedom

Tinkerer and thinker on everything free and open. Exploring possibilities and engaging with new opportunities to instigate change.

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Tinkerer and thinker on everything free and open. Exploring possibilities and engaging with new opportunities to instigate change.


Mirroring from Gitea to GitHub

I recently found myself in a situation where I needed to setup a mirror of a repository on FSFE's Gitea installation to Github. As the answer was trivial, but the path to find it was not, I thought to document it here. Create an empty repository on Github with the name you want the mirror to have. Include some information in the descripti…

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Umbrella's for Free Projects

The FSFE is occasionally asked to help in situations where free software projects, events or activities, need a place to call "home", especially when it comes to managing their finances. Getting a bank account as a volunteer group can be cumbersome, involves some administrative overhead, and often funds end up needing to be funneled throu…

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Where does our money go?

Each year, the FSFE spends close to half a million Euro raising awareness of and working to support the ecosystem around free software. Most of our permanent funds come from our supporters -- the people who contribute financially to our work each month or year and continue to do so from month to month, and year to year. They are the ones…

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CI & Deployment

In my last post, I wrote about how we've come to use Gitea and Drone in combination for deploying a few new services for the FSFE. While our setup works, it's definitely not ideal, and with a single Docker host, it's not resilient to failure. If you know how we can shape this using standard tools, and can volunteer a few cycles for our sy…

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Drone <3 Gitea = TRUE

Earlier this year, the FSFE set out on a project to rewrite our internal account management system (also responsible for managing donations and supporters). We've made big strides in that work since, and thanks to two dedicated interns, Lusy and Luke, who worked with us during the first half of the year, we're now at a stage where we can…

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My Debian Application (anno 1998)

Digging around in some files, in a dark corner of my hard drive, I found my application as a Debian Developer, sent the 18th of April 1998: Hi, this is a request for a registration as an official Debian developer. I'm currently working with the Sparc port of Debian and expect to make sure that all Debian packages compiles and is re…

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Something insightful, etc.

I had big plans to write something insightful (or equally likely something completely irrelevant) about free and open source software today, but something else has occupied a more significant part of this week: technology. As the FSFE's executive director, I'm also coordinating some of our technical work, an often overlooked but nonethele…

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