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Under previous owners, Sourceforge was at one point including malware in some of its downloads. This malicious installer was added by Sourceforge, not by the creators of the individual repos.

Given this precedent, along with Microsoft's ongoing behavior against free software and their penchant for adding telemetry features, it is understandable that some people have decided to #deletegithub repos they control, and even avoid software hosted on Github.

This list will mostly include common software that Github hosts. It may or may not be possible or desirable to boycott all projects that continue to develop and host with Github-- this list is for people who want to take Microsoft's control of repos into consideration when choosing what software to rely on.

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JWM

  • This lightweight window manager from Joe Wing provides part of the standard GUI experience in Puppy Linux, including the taskbar, application menu and window decorations.
  • While the traditional, de facto standard WM in most versions of Puppy for more than a decade, not every version requires JWM or uses it by default.


Puppy Linux

  • Created by Barry Kauler in 2003, today Puppy is a broad collection of community-maintained distributions that are notable for being lightweight and easy to remix. It is particular unfortunate that Puppy relies on Github, when it does such a great job of removing Github-hosted Systemd from various distributions (including Debian and Ubuntu.)
  • Many versions of Puppy, including the official community versions and Kauler's new distro project EasyOS are hosted on Github, while many more are directly based on versions that are. The Puppy community is not entirely content with this state of affairs, though most have accepted it for now. Traditionally, Puppy is a haven for people looking to escape the clutches of Microsoft and especially Windows; hopefully, in the future the Puppy community will gradually move away from Microsoft for its infrastructure.


Rust

  • Mozilla maintains this programming language on Github.


Systemd

  • Controlled by IBM, Hosted on servers owned by Microsoft and protested by many GNU/Linux users for at least half a decade, this "init system" / creeping replacement for the GNU operating system arguably puts more control of your computing back in the hands of monopolies. Though since it is freely licensed, you could at least theoretically fork it or parts of it. Elogind is one example of such a fork.


Void Linux

  • A Systemd-free GNU/Linux distribution, Void Linux is developed on Github.


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