A better name for Hostea


Hostea is a cute name (I think, at least) but systematically triggers French people to think of sacramental bread which is called Hostie and pronounced the same.

I would like to change the name for something that is more evocative of “online federated free software development environments”, something closer to the FSDL idea dear to @circlebuilder and not so focused on a specific software stack.

Since the word “forge” has a good history, is known by the Free Software community and is not used by either GitLab or GitHub, it could be used in the name. There still is SourceForge around but it is no longer trending.

Here are some ideas (more added as they are suggested):

  • forge-provider (see the discussion)
  • forge-village (see the discussion)
  • forge-salon
  • forge-accommodations
  • coforges (collective of forges, community forges, etc.)
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Some more suggestions (checked for availabilty)

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Hostea could become the resurection of Gna!. I still own the domain. It does not mean anything really (Gna’s Not an Acronym!) but it is vintage and has a relevant past. And the logo still looks good.


$ whois gna.org
Domain Name: gna.org
Registry Domain ID: 3c53e6c963474f4695b914cfd03c6fb5-LROR
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.gandi.net
Registrar URL: http://www.gandi.net
Updated Date: 2022-07-07T09:59:45Z
Creation Date: 1991-08-07T04:00:00Z