We’re hard at work improving Gitorious this fall. In addition to developing the actual software we’re also making it a lot easier to get started with Gitorious.
So, today we’re launching a proper home page for the open source Gitorious project at getgitorious.com. We’re also rolling out a simplified Gitorious installer which makes it a snap to set up Gitorious on a standard server environment.
This new project page will let new adopters instantly find installation methods, prebuilt Gitorious VMs, links to documentation, FOSS hosting on gitorious.org et cetera. We’re going to update our own webpages to link to http://getgitorious.com and we encourage you to do the same.
As mentioned earlier we’re also working on a new, consolidated and updated Gitorious documentation, which will be made available at getgitorious.com/documentation as we complete sections of it. It will deprecate parts of the gitorious.org/gitorious wiki pages and provide more up to date instructions than all the current guides and blog posts floating around on the web.
New, simplified installation
One of the strengths of Gitorious is that it’s open source, fully transparent, and consists of parts which you can mix, match and tweak to fit your own organization or team needs.
Unfortunately, setting it all up manually is not trivial and new Gitorious adopters often struggle with it. We figured it should be much, much easier to get started if you just need something standard up and going, so we’ve created a simplified Gitorious installer for CentOS servers (Debian, Ubuntu and Fedora support coming later).
By using the installer you can have a fresh Gitorious installation up and running within half an hour. The new installation procedure boils down to the following four commands:
yum install git git clone git://gitorious.org/gitorious/ce-installer.git cd ce-installer ./install
At getgitorious.com/installer you’ll find both the text and video walkthrough, including an FAQ. Here’s the video walkthrough of the installation process:
Please let us know what you think!
As always we love feedback: what else do you feel we could do to make Gitorious even easier to get started with?