Yesterday, GitLab sent an email to all users (and wrote a blog post) telling that they are updating their terms & services (to which you have to agree) to include a new third party service to track and analyze the behavior of their users, so that they better understand how their users interact with GitLab.
That understandably created a lot of backlash from users who don’t want to get tracked. Sure, GitLab needs a way to see which features get used in which way, but it’s probably not necessary to use a third party service to accomplish this task.
There are different reasons for why you may want to install your own git server, like downtimes or new telemetry at GitLab. In this article I want to show you the self-hosted alternative Gitea, which you can easily install on a Virtual Private Server (VPS) with Ubuntu or one of many other Linux distributions (maybe at DigitalOcean or Hetzner) or even a small Raspberry Pi.
The installation is actually quite simple…