Sourcehut’s public alpha stage
Sourcehut is considered alpha quality today. However, the service is rapidly advancing towards stability, and it may already be suitable for your needs.
Your data is safe and secure
We carefully and constantly back everything up and multiple redundant systems have to fail before anything is lost. Our backups are regularly tested and have been proven in emergency situations. We also take great pains to carefully ensure the security of all of its systems. We use a distributed architecture and share data internally between services on a “need to know” basis.
Your alpha account will be supported in the future
As we develop the services further we carefully carry your data forward and will continue to support alpha users into the beta and beyond.
Payment is optional now but will be required later
When the beta begins, unpaid accounts will be limited. Affected users will be emailed 60 days in advance of the transition. Of course, users hosting their own instance of Sourcehut on their own servers are unaffected by this.
Additionally, unpaid accounts will still be able to contribute to projects on the platform, and in fact you can interact with many services via email without having an account at all. Payment will only be required to own resources, submit build jobs, and so on.
- Some services are not complete and some features may be conspicuously absent.
- Documentation may be incomplete in some respects.
- Not all features available on the web are available through the API.
- Tools for bringing our services together are under development. Navigation
between different resources underneath a single project may be difficult, such
as finding the corresponding bug tracker from a git repo. Workarounds, such as
README.mdfiles, are suggested for the time being.
Goals for the beta and beyond
The beta will be considered feature complete, but may be lacking in docs and polish, or have minor known bugs. “Feature complete” is defined as “meeting the basic goals in a stable and consistent package”, but doesn’t necessarily mean that no new features will be developed in the post-beta period. The beta period will be short, we will settle any issues which arise from the payment model changing, polish and document everything, then promote it to stable.
Notable features which are under development in the alpha, to be completed before the beta begins, include:
- Organizing users into groups and organizations
- A central project hub for connecting many resources under a single project
- A web-based workflow for submitting and reviewing patches
- Data freedom, including importing and exporting all of your account data