By Adeola
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Gitopia Launches Mainnet, Promises To Redefine Open-Source Development

Gitopia, a code collaboration platform which presents itself as a decentralised alternative to Github and other centralised platforms, finally launched mainnet on Wednesday. This happened after initially postponing it because of legal issues yet to be resolved, with a promise to redefine open source development.

It launched mainnet after about two years of development where it deployed on testnet in september 2021 and released a series of versions which came with features and bug fixing.

Gitopia said 90 percent of its community voted yes to stop testnet. Testnet was stopped at height 9465100.

It’s an all-systems go for a new age of censorship-resistant code collaboration, Gitopia wrote in an announcement of its mainnet status, thanking its users for being “co-pilots on this epic journey. Together, we’re redefining open-source development”.

Beyond being a decentralised code collaboration and hosting platform, Gitopia said what distinguishes it from other platforms is its built-in workflows and an incentivisation system for open-source contributors.

Gitopia said it is built on the Cosmos stack because it is best for many of its use cases and allows interoperability, customisation and sovereignty. It also stores data on Arweave, IPFS and Filecoin to ensure no single point of failure.

In the mainnet phase, several firms have announced they are taking up roles as validators on Gitopia, including Indonode, NodeStake and Enigma. Validators are semi-trusted entities responsible for validating and producing blocks. Gitopia relies on validators to secure the network. Validators receive revenue in Gitopia’s native token, the $LORE for the work they do.


Adeola is a journalist at Arweave News. As a former freelance journalist, his works were published by Newlines Magazine, The Continent and the Mail and Guardian. He has interest in the intersection of technology and human lives.

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