Hi Konstantin,

Thank you so much for your answer! It's really clear now.

Have a nice day,

Le mer. 1 mars 2023 à 17:34, Konstantin Khomoutov <kos...@bswap.ru> a
écrit :

> On Wed, Mar 01, 2023 at 01:45:08AM -0800, 'Sarah GOMEY' via Git for human
> beings wrote:
> Disclaimer (which might get a bit more obvious later on): I (and anyone
> else
> on this mailing list) do not "represent Git" in any way; anything written
> below is my personal opinion.
> > Hope this email finds you well.
> > I'm a master student at ESSEC working on a research project on open
> source
> > and the business models built around it. We'd like to know more about
> Git:
> First thing first. Git is a piece of so-called free software [1], and as
> such,
> quite many things which are taken for granted when we discuss commercial
> software projects simply do not apply to Git.
> > How is it maintained?
> There exists an official "tree" (a regularly updated snapshot of the
> project)
> published using multiple venues including Github [2]. Most of the features
> there get integrated by the official maintainer - Junio Hamano [3], but
> other
> folks among the active developers have commit access to.
> Changes to Git gets discussed on a dedicated mailing list. Proposed code
> changes (patches and patch series) are supposed to be submitted directly to
> the mailing list as well, but there exist a helper Github-hosted tool to
> assist with drive-by contributions [4].
> Anyone if free to submit patches, report bugs and propose features. Patches
> and propositions are discussed - again, by anyone, - on the mailing list.
> Code reviews are usually made by the set of core developers - basically
> those
> who are active on the project.
> Some, but not all, of these developers are actually working in different
> commercial entities making use of Git (including, but not limited to,
> Microsoft and Google).
> Also note that there exist an "official" (in the sense of "being blessed"
> as
> such) "continuous fork" of Git intended to make Git work on Windows; it's
> called Git for Windows, is maintained separately but has similar licensing
> terms to Git. Some Windows-related code gets integrated into the baseline
> Git
> from time to time, and GfW generally closely follows the Git's release
> schedule. Some of the GfW developers are also Git's core developers.
> > Do you generate any revenue or is it solely based on
> > donations through the Software Freedom Conservancy?
> I would say this point does not apply to Git as it is not a so-called
> "open-core" project in the spirit of MySQL/MariaDB or GitLab - where the
> code
> is mainly controlled by a commercial entity which gives "the core part" for
> free, but you can pay for extra features. Git is fully free in this sense,
> and
> as such I would posit it does not generate any revenue "for itself". It may
> generate revenue for its commercial users - such as via paid plans on
> Github,
> but there it's Github which is "receiving" that revenue.
> > Since GitHub is built on Git, does Git have an agreement with them?
> The Git's license does not oblige any entity which uses it to participate
> in
> any agreement. Note that F/OSS licensing is about protecting the code (and
> its
> users) - as opposed to protecting intellectual property of an entity owning
> the code.
>  [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_software
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>  [2] https://github.com/git/git
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