Free public Mercurial hosting

Tim Post tim.post at netkinetics.net
Fri Apr 20 10:35:27 CDT 2007


On Fri, 2007-04-20 at 10:39 -0400, Michael P. Soulier wrote:
> On 20/04/07 Paul Moore said:
> 
> > Does anyone know of a free hosting provider who offers Mercurial? I'm
> > looking to set up a small project, and would like to use Mercurial. My
> > needs are pretty small - I'm considering Google Code and using
> > Subversion, but I'd rather use a DVCS if I can.
> 
> On this topic, is anyone urging VA to include HG in SourceForge support? I'd
> love to see it there. 
> 
> Mike

I've really, really thought hard a few times about offering free Xen
VM's for the purpose of giving projects a decent ad free place to host
their stuff using what works for them, namely Mercurial.

This would be rather hard to police, considering that there's no way to
offer it without root / ssh access and remain useful. So some sort of
screening process to make sure only genuine projects and not botnet
factories move in.

The alternate to that is to give the functionality needed via web
access, and offer just repo hosting and management, not an all in one
build / www / beta VPS offering like I was hoping for.

A web console would have to manage keys, users, mercurial, etc and log
bandwidth for accounting by individual project. This would be more of a
pain than policing.

You would almost need to form a community that maintained all of this in
order to provide it. If people were willing to self-manage the servers
through some kind of trustee/karma program, it would work well.

Hardware and bandwidth are very cheap, the true cost of this would be
supporting it. Hence, you end up with something riddled with ads and
'upgrades'. I don't want to own / support something riddled with ads and
'upgrades'. 

I'm open to suggestions and have plenty of servers in Equinix and
Ontario to throw at it. I just have no time to develop it. When I insist
it be kept ad free, everyone I talk to immediately loses interest. I'm
just happy if it can be done and all I have to do is throw hardware and
bandwidth at it.

Would be really fun, though :)

Best,
--Tim

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