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This project would seem to fall foul of the Git naming trademark and would likely need to rename unless they have specific permission?

> In addition, you may not use any of the Marks as a syllable in a new word or as part of a portmanteau (e.g., "Gitalicious", "Gitpedia") used as a mark for a third-party product or service without Conservancy's written permission. For the avoidance of doubt, this provision applies even to third-party marks that use the Marks as a syllable or as part of a portmanteau to refer to a product or service's use of Git code.[0]

Git has grandfathered in some projects due to their history but hasn't allowed Portmanteaus for some years:

> - Portmanteaus ("GitFoo" or "FooGit") are out. Most of the cases run into this rule. For instance, we asked GitHub to not to use "DGit" to refer to their replicated Git solution, and they[1] rebranded. We also asked "GitTorrent" not to use that name based on this rule.[1]

[0] https://git-scm.com/about/trademark

[1] https://public-inbox.org/git/20170202022655.2jwvudhvo4hmueaw...

This would seem to qualify as fair use, no?


In that case it would need to be GitHub News or some such.

I wonder if trademark licensing could be a viable business model for some open source projects?

They can do what they want, but I would hate to see various beloved open source projects and their leaders in league with the IP police.

Regardless of your opinion of copyright, trademark IP has a pretty clear and valid reason to exist. I shouldn't be able to go sell "Coca-Cola" and hoodwink a bunch of customers; the same follows pretty clearly for OSS.

Am I the only one not comfortable with how much "git" has become synonymous with "GitHub" in the common collective?

I know some of classmates from college that used to refer to "GitHub" as "git" - that always kind of bothered me, but I didn't think it was worth my time to discuss with them.

This is incredibly common with recent grads in my experience. It's really quite frustrating for me because the organization I work for has code on both GitHub (open source) and private git servers. I have to spend half an hour or more with virtually every new intern explaining the difference.

Half an hour? All I can think of is: “git is a command-line program to manage source code. GitHub is a graphical user interface that builds on top of git, and adds some features like issue tracking. We installed git on our server. This is were we host our private source code. GitHub is the place where we host our open-source source code.”

Yes, half an hour is a bit more than just "git and GitHub are different things". It also includes a bit of explaining the basics of how git really works under the hood because I've found that users who don't make that distinction also don't really know what to do when something goes wrong. I try to get everyone to a point where they can resolve most common issues without resorting to mashing buttons at random in their GUI of choice.

Git is not most properly described as a command line program either. Git is a version control protocol/system for handling files across multiple locations. Github is just one of those locations

> Git is not most properly described as a command line program either. Git is a version control protocol/system for handling files across multiple locations. Github is just one of those locations

You're technically correct of course, but remember your audience (important pedagogical consideration). These are new grads that think git and github are synonymous. A slightly less technically correct but grokkable explanation is probably a better stepping stone toward arriving at a more correct understanding. You're description is abstract, which is harder to grok for most people than a concrete example. If you want to be more technically correct and therefore launch into a discussion about DAGs you're also not going to teach them anything.

Note: there are always exceptions, and a good teacher adapts to the audience. I'm referring to the very general case, not the exceptional case.

I really hope they are new grands in something not directly involving computers, because otherwise they would have to live in a cave to not know the difference between git and Github.

This just isn't true. I really only interact with CS/CpE students/grads and I'm constantly shocked at the ability of universities to force their students to use version control without actually teaching them anything about how it works.

Likewise. It's not even that unusual to have somebody using Dropbox to store all of their code, and all they know is that there is a "better system" out there.

"Git is a tool for managing repos. GitHub is a website with a lot of Git repos. Git doesn't need GitHub." Anybody would understand that.

I was unclear about the fact that you can use them almost independently. I found that the first in this series of You Tube videos [0] made the difference very clear for me. Although his style might annoy some people, he made things pellucid. Perhaps only suitable for noobs. [0] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCQHnlnPusY

I deal with people who call "containers" "dockers". I've stopped complaining, but I'm still disappointed.

Sadly I actually use it as a way of testing intern applicants and even new grads as those that actually care to make any distinction between them (and I'm pretty lose with my criteria)...tend to be brighter or at least more aware of what they are doing.

Not at all. But: to me, this is less true now than ever, it seems as is gitlab is gaining a huge momentum.

This is a great example. Git news, only Github.

Similarly, a lot of folks refer to Wikipedia as "wiki".

In the case of GitNews, we can add any Git repositories from any sources. In the current version it's only from Github it's through but it may be extended to Gitlab and Bitbucket in the future or even Glitch.

I had several interviewees recently flub this in interviews. When asked about their experience with Version Control Systems they said they used "Github," not "Git." A bit of a warning sign.

To be fair, critical parts of modern day "version control", like pull requests and code review, are part of GitHub but not git.

This would be more useful with links back to the articles. Now, it's just a list of repositories that are somehow interesting but no clue about why they are interesting.

Agreed. Would be nice to know if it's trending for a good or a bad reason. Links back to HN and Reddit would help with that.

Thanks for the idea, I will look into it!

Cool project but way too much white space: I only see two items above the fold on my Macbook Pro. It would be a lot easier to use if it was more information dense. (e.g. https://i.imgur.com/ZLaSfJJ.png vs https://i.imgur.com/NuNtxel.png)

So much wasted space. And the mouse-over animations are quite annoying.


I find it interesting that The most popular repo is about hacking, and the second most popular is about defending from hackers.

I find it creepy.

This is a demonstration of how a Search Engine shapes reality by highlighting and magnifying a subset of information.

What does "trending repositories from [...] HackerNews and Reddit" mean? How is the aggregation made?

I assume its using reddit api to find trending links to git(hub?) repositories.

This makes so much more sense. I was thinking it was trying to show a collection of trending item from GitHub, Reddit, and Hacker News. I was confused when everything I was seeing was only from GitHub.

So it is using Github as a synonym for Git.

I don't know why Github "hides" the trending link behind a Profile. To see the Trending link, you must go through the "explore" link first. I found it's very inconvenient for users because Trending is often a bookmarkable link when using github.

There is a RSS Feed ?

+1 for a feed

I made a similar project (web app + chrome extension) some time ago that has filters for day, week, month or year


Nice job, it's very good !

Did you use a UI framework/theme for this or was it designed from scratch? While I think there's too much whitespace, there are certain elements I really like.

How is this different to github.com/trending?

The "load more" button for one (trending has a 25 limit)

also the different sources, I think it also feeds from Reddit and HN

Sure but in practice there aren't any entries from Reddit or HN. They are all from Github.

I think .NET languages are missing

You have `CSharp` in the list, but it's not returning any results.

Thanks I'll look into it, I'll fix it as soon as possible!

This site (and github.com/trending) needs a way to filter out repos only in Chinese.

Cool! Finally the web version, this is more handy than the mobile app for me.

Looks interesting. Can you add D to the list of languages?

It is actually easy there, but you have to click on other languages.


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