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State of the Forge Federation: 2021 to 2023

Millions of Free Software developers forgot why it matters to own their tools. They know, better than anyone, how to fix and improve them. But when they choose to collaborate only via the most popular proprietary software forges, they are denied the right to use their skills and cannot work with fellow developers who are banned because they reside in the wrong country. They have been made to believe that the tools they use daily to craft their own software are out of reach.

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Forge federation: monthly report June 2022

The integration of the Friendly Forge Format was published with the first experimental forgefriends release. The Gitea ActivityPub implementation based on go-ap is making progress. And a new version of of forgefed now includes changes proposed in the context of forgefriends. Development ActivityPub support in Gitea The Gitea ActivityPub implementation started to switch from using go-fed to using go-ap and passed CI. It was extensively discussed in the associated pull request, with comments from the go-ap author.

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Forge federation: monthly report May 2022

Most of the work done in the past month revolved around writing software within the Friendly Forge Format and struggling to figure out how to implement ActivityPub in Gitea. The chat room that forgefriends shares with ForgeFlux has been welcoming and productive. This absence of problems was cause for an informal celebration. Development ActivityPub support in Gitea Anthony Wang’s work was split between the ForgeFriend’s forge and the primary repository of Gitea which was inconvenient.

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Forge federation: monthly report April 2022

Most of the work done in the past month revolved around writing software. In part within the new Friendly Forge Format project and as contributions to the main branch of the Gitea codebase. Development ActivityPub support in Gitea The pull request to add go-fed did not get much attention and another was opened instead, with a more concrete goal: adding user keypairs and HTTP signatures. It is significantly larger and includes go-fed: it caught the attention of five reviewers.

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Forge federation: monthly report March 2022

Most of the work done in the past month revolved around writing software. In part within the new Friendly Forge Format project but also as contributions to the main branch of the Gitea codebase. Development Gitea incremental import/export The ability to store the foreign ID of issues during migration in the database was merged in Gitea after seven weeks of discussions. It is not an uncommon delay for changes that involve adding a new table to the database.

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Forge federation: monthly report February 2022

Most of the work done in the past two months revolved around writing software. In part within the forgefriends codebase but also as contributions to the main branch of the Gitea codebase. Last month the organization of the forge federation webinar replaced the monthly update and this report exceptionally covers two months instead of one. Development Gitea incremental import/export Presented to the Gitea community for the first time during the webinar in January, the development work contributed to the Gitea codebase to implement an incremental import/export feature was then the primary motivation for various contributions including:

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An effective Code of Conduct

Expectations A Code of Conduct applies to people who interact in a well defined space, either online or IRL. For instance, the forum is an online space where you, as a first time participant, expects that other people present behave according to the Code of Conduct. If you think somone else is working against the Code of Conduct, you also expect help from people who claim to be members of the Forgefriends Community.

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Forge federation: monthly report 9/9

This is the last of the series of nine reports started April 2021 when the DAPSI grant was approved. It started under the name fedeproxy and now has a better one forgefriends. Most of the activity was related to renaming the project, discussing governance and funding. Not much happened on the software side of things. Software Development The main branch reached a point where it implements the main features found in the deprecated python based implementation: the switch from Python to Go is complete.

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What is forgefriends?

https://forgefriends.org/ is an online service to federate forges. The software projects hosted on one forge are synchronized in real time with their counterparts on other forges, via the W3C ActivityPub protocol. Developers can freely use the forge of their choosing while contributing to the same project. It operates independently from the forges and serves as an incubator with rapid prototyping to research the best user experience. Most Free Software projects are hosted on proprietary online services (called forges) that do not provide an export/import feature flexible enough to allow them to move easily (GitHub, SourceForge, etc.

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Forge federation: monthly report 8/9

Most of the work during the last month was around implementing fedeproxy and contributing to Gitea. A proposal to change the name of the project from fedeproxy to forgefriends is well on the way. The November 2021 monthly update videoconference will be held November 18th, 2021 5pm Paris time and is open to everyone. Software Development The switch to go was delayed by two weeks, during which contributions to advance federation in Gitea were done, with the help of a cheatlist.

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