At this point, I don’t see any other option being truly superior. So, I think all the trade-offs point toward going forward with GitLab.com. I see the EE issues as themselves being mixed because while they are proprietary, we will actually benefit from using them.
I think planning the move at this point makes sense. There will be several things to think through.
That said, I’d like to get consent from the rest of the team and hear out any push for framagit (I have sympathies to the idea of going with them if we talk to them and they want us).
P.S. chatted with GitLab folks at OSCON this week
… discussed how I see them as the very best of the projects that are still in the wrong overall club (the most FLO, ethical, ideal of the non-fully-FLO VC-backed stuff). Suggested to them to consider being a Benefit Corp. Person told me that their goal is to have an IPO as their exit for the VC investors and they see a buy-out as the worst case.
Aside from the other various FLO issues (which I acknowledge as a matter of economics), it’s the VC obligations that are the most troublesome. Both an IPO or a buyout (and the influence of the VC investors now) mean pressure for GitLab to sell out their values even if they could be profitable otherwise. If they were a Benefit Corp, they’d be more tied to making profit without compromising their core values… I may contact Sid and push this issue specifically…