Just found this opensource.com article about Greenpeace becoming an 'open source' organisation. Quite ironic, since a few months ago I met one of their principal IT managers, who openly mocked our efforts to use #foss and #opensource IT in-house. Greenpeace relies 100% on Google's Gsuite. Any comparison with fair trade coffee was met with a "yeah but this is easier, we just don't care about Google's dubious side."
@Gina the author of that piece is part of a co-op with "open" in the name but their daily driver for collaboration is a Slack channel :/ It's not like there aren't free code alternatives, both hosted and self-hostable:
@tyil what about just using a SaaSS that uses free code under the hood, instead of #Slack? Something like:
* #Gitter.im - gratis, owned and hosted by #GitLab
* #Wire - free for personal use, with extended features for paying enterprise users.
* #Zulip - gratis hosting for free code and open source projects
> everybody knows it, so nobody needs to be taught to use it.
Classic #NetworkEffect problem ;) The only way out is for some brave and forward-looking users and orgs to lead the charge.
> I'd have to make a strategy in how to nudge people towards it first, and that will take time.
Of course. The longest journey starts with a single step :)
> One benefit I personally see in Slack is that I can use it with my favourite terminal chat client, WeeChat
I wouldn't count on that lasting. Slack have taken a number of steps to force users to use their Electron monstrosity, including cutting off IRC and XMPP (classic embrace, extend, extinguish):
@clacke ooh, good question. When GitLab acquired Gitter they said:
> we will open source the whole of Gitter
It's important to hold them to that. Their repos are here:
It seems like code for all the user apps is available under free licenses, but I'm not sure if the other repos there constitute the full backend yet or not.
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