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GitHub is stepping up its game: Free private repos for everyone

Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
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GitHub made a big announcement that took the developer community by storm: GitHub Free now includes unlimited private repositories. Let’s have a quick look at the announcement and the community’s feedback.





Big news coming from GitHub with a New Year’s resolution that thrilled the developer community.

Just yesterday, GitHub announced two major updates, namely the unlimited free private repositories, and a unified Enterprise offering.

Here’s what these changes mean:

  • GitHub Free: Now includes unlimited private repositories. Developers can use GitHub for their private projects with up to three collaborators per repository for free. Public repositories are still free (of course—no changes there) and include unlimited collaborators.
  • GitHub Enterprise: The new unified product for Enterprise Cloud (formerly GitHub Business Cloud) and Enterprise Server (formerly GitHub Enterprise). Organizations can now access both at one per-seat price and with GitHub Connect, these products can be securely linked, providing a hybrid option so developers can work seamlessly across both environments.

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You’re welcome, GitHub

In a blog post written in response to GitHub’s big announcement, GitLab CEO  Sid Sijbrandij argues that GitHub’s new offering is at least partly due to GitLab’s fierce competition.

I like to think that increased competition from us (GitLab) contributed to this change – as one Hacker News commenter stated, “Thank you GitLab for providing market competition forcing GitHub to consider this!”

Many other commenters on Hacker News seem to agree with this statement while Sid Sijbrandij also mentioned that:

I think Microsoft will try to generate more revenue with people using Azure more instead of paying for repos.

What is your take on the matter? Let us know in the poll below.


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Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou was the editor for Coming from an academic background in East Asian Studies, she decided that it was time to go back to her high-school hobby that was computer science and she dived into the development world. Other hobbies include esports and League of Legends, although she never managed to escape elo hell (yet), and she is a guest writer/analyst for competitive LoL at TGH.

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