For FLO works to reach the widest possible audience with the lowest possible barriers, projects should use free and open online repositories.
FLO-friendly honorable hosting for various media
- ccMixter: a collaborative, community remixing site featuring remixes and samples licensed under Creative Commons licenses. Samples are searchable by license, but remixes, at this time, are not.
- GNU MediaGoblin: a FLO media distribution system for images, audio, video, and more. Some public hosting sites are available or you can host your own.
- The Internet Archive: a non-profit host for shareable creative and historic works including audio, video, and writings. They emphasize Creative Commons licensing.
- Unfortunately, the Internet Archive is not itself fully-FLO software. It’s a complex beast with various pros and cons, it’s just better for FLO media overall and for privacy and other values compared with most commercial services.
- Wikimedia Commons hosts images, audio, and video appropriate to Wikimedia projects like Wikipedia.
- Wikibooks hosts OER textbooks.
- The Directory of Open Access Journals lists peer-reviewed publicly accessible academic journals by subject, country of publication, license, and fee structure.
- Note: as we require FLO licenses, projects must publish only in journals that do not use NC or ND restricted licenses. The Directory includes those in its listing.
- Unsplash: Free High-Resolution Photos. All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero.
- Tux Family is a no-charge webhost specifically for FLO software projects
- FossHub offers no-charge hosting and reviews for FLO and proprietary freeware programs. Advertising is shown to visitors not running an ad-blocker, but Fosshub has an adblock-friendly policy and mainly emphasizes their support for respectful advertising. We do not endorse Fosshub, but they are an acceptable option.
FLO hosting and forge services for source files
Generally used for program code, source hosts offer revision control and other features useful for all sorts of project development.
FLO source hosting
Below, we have organized software for source code hosting and related services, including links to no-charge instances available to FLO projects.
- GitLab (Git hosting with issues, wiki, and code review)
- The no-charge hosting at GitLab.com met the minimum GNU hosting criteria (when initially evaluated, though it needs an updated review).
- git.framasoft.org, from French FLO software org Framasoft, offers free hosting to fully-FLO projects.
- git.coop is a GitLab instance open to use by members of the British webarchitects.coop web hosting service.
- Gogs (simple Git host with issues and pull-requests) and Gitea (a fork of Gogs)
- Phabricator (complete platform with numerous interconnected project management tools)
- ikiwiki (versatile system which integrates Git and wiki technology for applications including general websites, blogs, code, and more).
- GNU Savannah, NonGNU Savannah and Gna are fully-FLO platforms exclusively for strictly-FLO software, but the Savannah system is quite dated.
- Fossil SCM is not only a host but a distinct version-control system that integrates distributed tools like issue-tracking in the VCS itself.
- Chisel offers free Fossil SCM hosting
- Launchpad has a wide range of robust features focused around (but not strictly limited to) the Ubuntu ecosystem.
- Fusion Forge
- Free Debian-focused hosting at Alioth
- Pagure is the host from and for the Fedora GNU/Linux distro
- Apache Allura (complete system with wiki, discussion boards, issue tracking, code review, and more)
Unlike the tools above, we aren’t aware of sites offering to host these for other projects, but they can be self-hosted:
Many proprietary services exist for hosting, and we do not endorse any. But here are some notes about prominent ones:
At one point in Sourceforge’s long history, they started using severely deceptive advertising and set up modified installers for FLO software that include third-party unwanted proprietary software. The new owners in 2016 have made SourceForge a more respectable platform again, but we haven’t had a chance to evaluate their precise FLO status as a complete platform.↩