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We’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes on MetaCPAN lately and we’ve come to the realization that we needed some private repository hosting. In the past, we’ve reached out to companies where we had contacts, and they’ve been happy to help. Last night, I wondered if anyone on Twitter would be able to help us out. That was at 11:17 PM EST. By 12:27 AM Johannes Plunien had forwarded my request to a real, live GitHubber and by 9:32 AM we had our Github-sponsored account. It probably would have happened even faster if I hadn’t indulged in sleep last night.
A few different things make me happy here.
- Johannes Plunien was able to connect us with a GitHub employee within the hour of this very public request
- Mike Adolphs at GitHub was extremely responsive to our request
- GitHub has chosen to support MetaCPAN and the Perl community in this way
- While all of this was going on, I was privately contacted by another person who said that if GitHub didn’t make it happen, his company could look into picking up the tab for the account
Since we don’t have a budget for MetaCPAN, we remain online because of services donated to us by companies which are friendly to the Perl community. If you have a look at our sponsors page, you’ll see how many companies are involved in keeping MetaCPAN online. We’re very grateful to all of our sponsors, past and present. So, I felt like it was time to begin thanking our sponsors more publicly. As MetaCPAN continues to grow, we’ll continue to need sponsorships. We couldn’t survive without them.
Author: Ross Attrill
Date: 03/08/2014 12:25:52 AM