I think that everybody understands that with the migration we ask you
volunteers a lot, especially if your tools can't just move as they are:
You have been doing this extra work as a hobby for *years* which I have
a lot of respect and admiration for.
Still, I am reluctant to repeat discussions we had before because the
situation hasn't changed: OSI-approved licenses only. I take the wording
"exceptions are possible but unlikely" as "no exceptions" until I
of one, ok? ;)
For non-libre projects I would like to come back to what Ryan wrote:
Or people are free to move them to infrastructure that
isn't funded by the donations to a movement that has Open Content as one of the five
pillars <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_is_free_content>. The
tools and bots that keep this content alive and free are in my opinion an extension of
I'm more than happy to recommend a number of cloud services and am more than willing
to give advice on how to configure and run tools and bots from those services. It's
even possible to reuse the work we're doing in the tools project, or in the Wikimedia
infrastructure via our puppet repository since our infrastructure is Open Source.
Ryan, Luis, could you write a bit more about whether it would be ok
(technically and legally) to run database queries in Tool Labs and send
them to an external server where a proprietary tool runs? Is that a no
go? An exception? Is it totally fine?
Concerning the support offer:
As we (as in WMDE) announced to accept support requests for migration
until September 30th 2013, I take it there is not that much need of it:
So far, my colleague Johannes is in touch with two projects only
(Merlissimo among them). If I am wrong, maintainers, please contact me
in the weeks to come!
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