Self-hosted Git Repositories with Gitea
Github is arguably the most popular git hosting service out there, and it's easy to see why: it's free (for open source projects), it's powerful, and because it's already familiar, it's easy to get a new project up and running without much hustle. Moreover, ever since Github's acquisition by Microsoft, I have noticed a growing effort to deliver a full-featured CI/CD solution. Microsoft's investment also seems to ensure the platform's longevity and stability. But this change in ownership has a flip side, too. We all remember Microsoft's hostile attitude towards both Linux and open source, and, despite their recent claims of the newfound love and appreciation for both, there is a fair share of skepticism in the community, and therefore much reluctance to put their code on Github.
Of course, there are alternatives. Probably the biggest contender to Github is GitLab, which is used by quite a number of open source projects, such as GNOME, Inkscape, and mutt to name a few. It is offered both as a paid service (although limited free tier is available for open source projects) and a self-hosted application. Interestingly, the latter comes in two flavors: free Community Edition (missing certain features), distributed under the MIT license, and Enterprise Edition, distributed under a proprietary license (even though the code is openly available). But if you read the title of this post carefully, then you know this is not about GitLab. Instead, I will talk about another git hosting platform. Gitea, as stated on their official website, is a community managed lightweight code hosting solution, and is published under the MIT license. I decided to try it out and write down my experience with setting it up for personal my use.