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GitHub offers private repositories to free users

08 January, 2019, 06:30 | Author: Tara Roberts
  • GitHub's Free Users Will Now Be Able to Make Private Repositories

This is GitHub's first major update since Microsoft officially acquired the code-sharing service for $7.5 billion in October.

In foregoing fees for private repos (well, those with up to three collaborators), GitHub brings its pricing model more in line with rivals like Atlassian's BitBucket, which provides private repos with up to five collaborators at no charge, and GitLab, which charges nothing for unlimited repos, no matter how many collaborators are involved. Microsoft obviously needed to add some restrictions to make paid GitHub accounts more attractive, but making private repositories free will be a positive change for small developers wanting to collaborate on private projects.

The company said in a brief blog post that GitHub Free now includes unlimited private repositories.

Microsoft is simplifying GitHub's business options as well.

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As such, GitHub represented a trade-off: you could use GitHub's services for free, but you had to share.

Microsoft to date has maintained GitHub's previous strategy of limiting the ability to create private repositories that aren't visible to the public and are privately shared to paying customers.

GitHub co-founder Chris Wanstrath, future GitHub CEO Nat Friedman, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and Microsoft CFO Amy Hood.

I also wonder what ubiquitous private repositories will mean for Github's culture of self-exhibition and sharing. Instead of offering GitHub Enterprise Cloud and GitHub Enterprise Service as separate services, Microsoft is rolling them into one: GitHub Enterprise. The new Enterprise Cloud plan will let organizations and businesses access cloud and self-hosted GitHub configurations for a single per-user price.



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