As tough as Rhodium

Spotlight on: RhodeCode, enterprise-grade source control management

Elliot Bentley
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The open source GitHub alternative goes commercial with an “invincible” managed hosting service.

With Google Code and
Sourceforge having conceded
the crown
to GitHub, surprisingly few new challengers have
risen to counter the Octocat’s dominance.

One alternative gaining traction in the enterprise world is
RhodeCode, a Git and
Mercurial-based source control management software package from
Berlin-based developers Sebastian Kreutzberger and Marcin
Kuzminski.

Having released the first version 2010, the pair only recognised
the phenomenal success of their open-source software when they
began to receive support requests from companies as large as Bank
of America and game engine developers Unity.

RhodeCode began as a purely self-hosted, open source product
like GitLab, but stood out by appealing to an audience beyond
developers. “In interviewing we learned whole departments are using
RhodeCode,” Kreutzberger
told GigaOM
. “Especially legal departments, because they could
work on the files with versioning, comments on changes and so
on.”

Having now racked up over 150,000 installations in three years,
RhodeCode has recently been relaunched as a managed hosting
service, with an optional self-hosted version called RhodeCode
Enterprise.

Unlike GitHub, which has thrived with a “social” culture of
openness and public pull requests, RhodeCode is aimed squarely at
the enterprise market and marketed as having “invincible privacy” –
helped by the fact that the company’s servers are in Germany.

Another difference is that the managed hosting solution doesn’t
even have a free tier – your only choice is to self-host RhodeCode
Enterprise, and even then more than 20 users will cost $29/month
(although this is waived for public open source projects) .

While it may never quite match GitHub’s success, RhodeCode at
least proves there’s still plenty of space for an alternative.

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