Webarchitects and the Hostea collective


Back in March 2022 Aravinth Manivannan and myself had the idea of creating a Gitea hosting provider that would be radically transparent, self-hostable, 100% Free Software, sustainable and clients can pay with a credit card. On top of that it would only host Free Software projects.

Sounds like git.coop doesn’t it? I can’t agree more :slight_smile: But there are key differences:

  • it is based Gitea instead of Gitlab
  • it is not a shared hosting platform
  • it is open to the general public

We have since worked to bootstrap a new organization at https://hostea.org to implement this project and it opened a few weeks ago, early July 2022. It provides dedicated Gitea+Woodpecker hosting starting at 10€/month. It does not provide shared hosting like git.coop does. It is a new kind of cooperative organization, setup as a horizontal collective with a unique governance and shared revenue model.

It was heavily influenced by discussions and explorations of how meet.coop is setup and how it came to be. In particular the governance of Hostea is very light compared to meet.coop. It also accounts for the work done by everyone, even at the very early stages of the project, so that everyone is fairly compensated when there is an income. Nobody is expected to work for free at any point.

I think it would make sense for Webarchitects to become a member of Hostea and I’d be happy to discuss it in person.

What would be the benefice for Webarchitects? To get paid when and if Gitea related work or hosting shows up. It could be that Webarchitects client asks for Gitea managed hosting. Or that another Hostea member, Easter-Eggs for instance, requires Gitea related work that Webarchitects is able to do.

What would it entails? Nothing other than agreeing. Accounts are settled monthly based on the number of hours logged and the income is split evenly. Webarchitects could invoice Easter-Eggs for X hours of Gitea services if it turns out that Easter-Eggs was the Hostea member receiving the money.

What do you think?

@chris we’ve discussed this a little in the past few months, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.

@dachary it all sounds great, I’ll raise it at our next management committee meeting (September).

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If you’d like I can prepare a five minutes pitch.

That would be great, I don’t think we have set a date for the next meeting, I’ll let you know when we have a date and time.

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I’ll prepare that then :slight_smile: