Software Freedom Conservancy Introduces Kallithea

Bradley M. Kuhn bkuhn at
Tue Jul 8 14:42:05 EDT 2014

           Software Freedom Conservancy Introduces Kallithea


Software Freedom Conservancy is pleased to announce today its newest
member project, Kallithea. Kallithea is a system for hosting and
managing Mercurial and Git repositories. In contrast to GitHub (which
serves only projects using Git and which projects cannot host locally
nor modify), Kallithea supports both Mercurial and Git, and is released
freely under the GNU General Public License, version 3
(GPLv3). Kallithea therefore makes the perfect companion to
Conservancy's existing Mercurial and Git member projects.

Kallithea builds on work that RhodeCode GmbH released under
GPLv3. Starting today, Kallithea, which is based on Mercurial itself,
will be developed fully in public by a community of volunteers on a
self-hosted site, called Kallithea's Own Kallithea. Kallithea welcomes
GPLv3'd patches and contributions from the community at large to improve
the software.

Bradley M. Kuhn, President and Distinguished Technologist at Software
Freedom Conservancy lauded the volunteer community that brought
Kallithea into fruition: "I've spent the last few months coordinating
with the excellent team of Kallithea volunteers — a community that seeks
to embrace both the letter and spirit of GPLv3. Their commitment to
proper compliance is refreshing in a time when compliance failures are
so common."

Matt Mackall, chief maintainer of Mercurial noted: "The Mercurial
community is thrilled for this opportunity to have a Free Mercurial
hosting solution, and to have it under a strong copyleft license. We are
so glad we were able to work with Conservancy to make Kallithea happen."

In discussing Conservancy's latest project, Karen Sandler, Executive
Director, said: "We are happy to provide the legal and technical
assistance in creating this new project. While Conservancy has in the
past served as an incubator where smaller projects can graduate to their
own organization, this is the first time that an entirely new project
has been created by existing members. We can't wait to see Kallithea

Bradley M. Kuhn
President & Distinguished Technologist of Software Freedom Conservancy

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