Forem.dev is an instance of Forem: open source community software that we distribute to anyone who wants to build a similar space. We run Forems like CodeNewbie and DEV ourselves, and others use it for spaces like Wasm Builders and MetaPunk.
Forem is also the name of our company. We distribute our code for free and we charge our early partners for hosting Forem as our core longterm business model. We consider this a strong, value-add way to model a company. There are brand new commercial open source companies starting all the time with public companies like Elastic, MongoDB, GitLab, etc. blazing the trail.
If you are interested in going deeper into the world of commercial open source, or perhaps starting your own company that operates in this fashion, I want to highlight a space to explore further:
>> Click here to explore COSS Community: A Forem Devoted to Commercial Open Source.
COSS Community is operated by OSS Capital, which is one of the early backers of Forem. The main pulse of content right now is a weekly newsletter — but anyone is now welcome to take part as a reader or author.
If you really want to keep up with this world, COSS Community is the way.
One last thing. You’ll notice "Sign up with Forem" as an option alongside GitHub and email. This is a service we now offer to most seamlessly navigate the ecosystem and manage your identity. We want you to be able to bring your full self without having to bring your full data, so making this distributed ecosystem as straightforward as possible in the long run is really important. Create a Forem account and connect it with your Forem.dev account via your settings. 🙂