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  • One of the oldest known version of RuneScape has officially been found
    For the most part there's really only the built-in docs as it never really got popular (which I suspect is largely due to the opinionated take on Cathedral vs Bazaar use-cases). - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • One of the oldest known version of RuneScape has officially been found
    There was still CVS/RCS. They both suck in comparison svn, which sucks in comparison to git (which itself sucks in comparison to fossil; if only fossil wasn't quite so tightly bound to cathedral model...), but they were around. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Use LibreOffice Base as a GUI for an SQLite Database in OS X (2016)
    Related: You can use the Fossil bug tracker as a generic SQLite table. You can modify the interface for any type of input. While you can edit the schema if you want to use it as a traditional SQL database, I've found it easiest to treat one of the text columns as JSON and do queries on that. The advantages: You get a web interface for free (using CGI) if you want one, it's distributed and version controls your... - Source: Hacker News / 3 months ago
  • Simple, useful apps that you self-host?
    Fossil, the web ui for the version control system. It is a single statically linked binary that is also used as the command-line tool. It is truly simple. No pile of dependencies or external database to maintain or any other complexities. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Ask HN: What are some examples of elegant software?
    Fossil SCM ( It's almost like Git + Gitea, all in a single application. Code + tickets + wiki + notes all version controlled and capable of hosting the server itself. Also, the repo is just a SQLite database, so backup is easy. - Source: Hacker News / 11 months ago
  • Atlassian successfully restores just over 1 out of 3 affected customers data
    Fossil could be one of them. - Source: Hacker News / 12 months ago
  • GitHub incident 2022-03-23
    I'm inclined to look at tools like fossil again, for it's distributed issue tracking and wiki capability - Source: Hacker News / about 1 year ago
  • Backup and sync separately
    Also, I don't think you can separate having effective backups from having organized files to begin with. Instead of going full github, take a look at Fossil SCM ( - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • Best way to make and host a website?
    I have been kicking the tires on Fossil, lately, which incorporates an embedded http server. It lets you create content through your browser, via a wiki interface. - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • That's a great suggestion.
    The Sqlite/Fossil website, although not written in SQL, the entirety of it is a single sqlite/fossil db. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Single developer's point of view: how to work with projects, issues, repositories, and releases?
    I don't know, why automated bots classified my question as spam on r/Development, maybe because of a link here, but I am looking for every useful hint, and every full answer in the research for integrated solutions crafted for single developers. Up to now I have found only two, it's Bazaar in Solo mode and Fossil. So does anyone know others? - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Good Riddance, TurboTax. Americans Need a Real ‘Free File’ Program
    I contend that Americans need to rise up and require a government that makes federal legislative and tax "code" visible through a read-only fossile[1] repository. Maybe a state alcan lead the way. For non-classified discussion, the fact that we are paying customers and aren't privy to the who/what/where/when/why of these important decisions is just last-century. [1]... - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • Cool things to self host.
    Fossil - distributed version controls system Https:// - Source: Reddit / almost 2 years ago
  • Portable Git-based Project Manager
    I'm not aware of any Git-based one, but that's sort of the intent behind Fossil. A Fossil repo contains not just code, but also bug tracking, wiki, forums, etc. - Source: Reddit / almost 2 years ago
  • Kallithea – Self-hosted alternative to GitHub
    If you just want to use for personal single-person projects fossil [1] and mercurial [2] may be a better choice, given both comes with in-built web interface. Just run hg serve or fossil server or fossil ui. No need any external platform or program. [1] [2] - Source: Hacker News / almost 2 years ago
  • SQLite is not a toy database
    SQLite is a fantastic tool. It's perfect for non-concurrent, and eventually consistent scenarios. Fossil is a work of art, and I half-wish we lived in a timeline where it was the equivalent of Git. - Source: Reddit / about 2 years ago
  • Thoughts on Expense Ratio
    I use Fossil( and include binaries for windows/mac/linux on it, and startup scripts that open my repository. So they plug it in, double click the name of their platform, and it pops up a web page pointed at a fossil repo. - Source: Reddit / about 2 years ago

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