An open source, peer-to-peer, GitHub alternative • New projects: short stack, TagStudio, CoreNet • OSS Gallery • Funding news from Rivos, Loft, Mistral AI • And more

Welcome to a new edition of Open Pioneers - your weekly update from the forefront of open source. Today, we talk about:

  • Radicle: An open source, peer-to-peer, GitHub alternative

  • New open source projects, including:

    • short stack: World's Smallest Nintendo Wii

    • TagStudio: A file and photo management app

    • CoreNet: A library for training deep neural networks by Apple

  • Steven Tey launches OSS Gallery

  • Funding news from Rivos, Loft, and Mistral AI

  • More open source content, including Linus Torvalds on Tabs-vs-Spaces, an 18-year old building a Redis alternative, an open source home center based on Rasperry Pi, and much more.

Since last week, we have welcomed 23 new Open Pioneers. 👋 If you like this week's post, it would make my day if you would share it with a friend or colleague.

🔍 Radicle: An open source, peer-to-peer, GitHub alternative

Radicle is an open-source, peer-to-peer code collaboration platform built on Git. It provides a decentralized alternative to centralized code hosting platforms like GitHub, where there is no single entity controlling the network.

Key features include:

  • Decentralized: Repositories are replicated across peers in a decentralized manner, and users have full control over their data and workflow.

  • Local-first: Radicle is local-first, providing always-available functionality even without internet access. Users own their data, making migration, backup, and access easy both online and offline.

  • Extensible: Radicle's Collaborative Objects (COBs) enable features like issues, discussions, and code review to be implemented as Git objects. Developers can extend Radicle's capabilities to build any collaboration flow they want.

  • Modular: The Radicle Stack includes a CLI, web interface, and TUI, backed by the Radicle Node and HTTP Daemon. It's modular, allowing any part to be swapped out or new clients to be developed.

Radicle aims to provide a sovereign, neutral environment for code collaboration, where users have full ownership of their data and autonomy to set rules for their code. It's designed to be an open protocol that enables collaboration even when offline, while also being connected to a broader network.

Learn more about Radicle.

🔥 New open source projects started last week

Besides my efforts with Open Pioneers and the Open Source Alternative To directory, I’m always happy if I see more initiatives to push open source.

Today, Steven Tey (co-founder of Dub) launched OSS Gallery. It’s a beautiful, crowdsourced collection of the best open-source projects on the internet. Go check it out and spread the word: oss.gallery

💰 Funding

  • Rivos, building secure software for RISC-V hardware, announced $250M in funding. Link

  • Loft, makers of vCluster, raised a $24M Series A led by Khosla Ventures. Link

  • Mistral AI, an European open source LLM, rumored to seek new funding at a $5B valuation. Link

📚 More open source content

  • Week in AI: When ‘open source’ isn’t so open Link

  • The ethical pros and cons of Meta’s new Llama 3 open-source AI model Link

  • Linus Torvalds reiterates his tabs-versus-spaces stance with a kernel trap Link

  • This 18-Year-Old Programmer is Creating an Open Source Alternative to Redis Link

  • Why financial infrastructure needs to be open-source — Hyperledger Link

  • Louder Raspberry Pi is an open-source home media center Link

Until next week,

Jonathan (@jonathimer)