Back when the GNU project was starting, among the first things they rewrote as Free Software were:
- text editor / IDE (Emacs)
- assembler, linker, and compiler
IOW, they made tools that they needed to further develop Free Software without relying on proprietary tools.
They wanted their project to be self-hosting.
Nowadays, we have more free software than ever, but we develop it using github and Discord...
@Wolf480pl Yeah, what's worse is that decent free software alternatives to these exist. Even if you think IRC is too archaic and want something modern, there's Matrix/Riot, Gitter, RocketChat, Mattermost...
For Git, there's GitLab CE, which even gives you CI integration, there's gogs/gitea....
GNU had to develop everything themselves. Projects nowdays just need to adopt excellent free software that's already there.
On a positive note, at least GNOME, VideoLAN & a few others self host...
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