title: "GitLab's thoughts on GitHub offering free private repos for up to three collaborators" author: Sid Sijbrandij # if name includes special characters use double quotes "First Last" author_gitlab: GitLab.com username # ex: johndoe author_twitter: sytses # ex: johndoe categories: company description: "Our thoughts on this move" tags: tag1, tag2, tag3 guest: false # required when the author is not a GitLab Team Member ee_cta: false # required only if you do not want to display the EE-trial banner install_cta: false # required only if you do not want to display the "Install GitLab" banner
GitHub just launched free private repos with up to three collaborators.
I like to think that increased competition from us (GitLab) contributed to this change. It would appear I'm not the only one that thinks that: "thank you gitlab for providing market competition forcing github to consider this!"
When we originally announced GitLab.com, I made the main point that it would have private repos for free.
This was important to me because when you're starting to write code, you may not want to share your code with the world. It is comforting to be able to keep your code private without needing a paid account.
I was very disappointed to learn that BitBucket.org already offered the same.
Luckily, GitLab took off despite that and GitLab.com recently passed 10 million projects.
At GitLab we think that repositories will become a commodity.
I think Microsoft will try to generate more revenue with people using Azure more instead of paying for repos. We're focussing on making a single application for the entire DevOps lifecycle that can replace a lot of other tools. Or as Stavros Korokithaki phrased it: "My move to Gitlab was basically "come for the free repos, stay for the rest of the amazing features". I will not be moving off it, and my new repos will keep being on Gitlab."