Gitopia
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Gitopia

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Open source code is playing a critical role in the present world. Almost every software that we use today, from the smallest embedded systems to the biggest supercomputer, from your phone’s operating system to the software running the websites and infrastructure of the companies we engage with everyday, have some open source dependencies. Our world would not function, or at least not function as well, without open-source software.

A significant reason for the growth of open source today can be attributed to the emergence of Version Control Systems(VCS) and code hosting platforms. git, like other version control systems, manage and store revisions of projects. At the same time, services like GitHub are web-based git repository hosting services with some added features to make collaboration between developers across the globe more accessible and convenient. These services have reduced the barriers to participation in open source projects. Contributors can simply fork their own copy of a repository with one click and issue a pull request from the appropriate branch when their changes are ready.

Code hosting platforms have empowered social coding and helped create global communities of developers. Sharing code freely and publicly has made it drastically cheaper and easier to build software, and tech innovation is surging as a result.

The popularity and benefits of the code hosting platforms have made them an integral part of software development. As a result, today’s vast majority of open source development is done on popular code hosting platforms like GitHub. The dependence on these platforms is worrying because these are centralized, and having open source development dependent on private companies’ platforms is dangerous. It means that your code can become vulnerable depending on those companies’ policies and needs. There are several other problems with the centralized code collaboration platforms and will be discussed later.

Gitopia was conceived as an alternative to these centralized code collaboration platforms, and it solves most of the major problems with the traditional code collaboration platforms.

The Problems with centralized alternatives are:

What is Gitopia?

Gitopia is a decentralized code hosting and collaboration platform that stores git repositories on a blockchain network that is highly accessible, censorship-resistant, and empowers communities to create, own, contribute and govern their open-source code.

Gitopia’s mission is to create a new paradigm for open source software development and decentralized collaboration where everyone is a stakeholder, innovators are rewarded, contributors are motivated, and users have power.

Features of Gitopia:

Conclusion

With Gitopia, developers will always be in control of their code. No one can unjustly take down anyone’s projects on Gitopia. It means no more malicious DMCA attacks or government censorship. In Gitopia, developers also need not fear being unable to use their code due to service outages or takedowns, the stored data will always be available on the blockchain.

With Gitopia being an open-source project, run by the community and thereby advocating transparency, developers can be rest assured that their privacy is protected by being able to monitor the functioning of the platform, user data collected, and the manner in which it is used. Since users are stakeholders in Gitopia, they can be assured that their concerns matter and their rights are protected on Gitopia.

With Gitopia’s open-source incentivization, developers can continue contributing to their favorite open-source projects while also getting rewarded for their hard work. Open source incentivization ensures that no critical open source projects get abandoned and/or go unmaintained. This will be a massive help for open source service providers since their services will no longer have to use outdated open-source components with no code improvements and security fixes, that can make their services vulnerable.

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