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title: "GitLabs 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
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GitHub just launched [free private repos with up to three collaborators](https://blog.github.com/2019-01-07-new-year-new-github/).
When we [orginally announced GitLab.com](https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4428278) I made the main point that it would have private repos for free.
  • You may want to preface this sentence with "Some history: " or make that a section header.

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I was very disappointed to learn that there already was a BitBucket.org that offered the same.
GitLab took off despite that and GitLab.com recently passed [10 million projects](https://twitter.com/gitlab/status/1075377374022262784).
I think it is great for beginnings users that private repos are now free.
  • These 2 points on the benefits to users of private repos should follow the sentence on Line 16 as an explanation of why you made it a point that private repos would be free.

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This is great if you're starting to program and don't want to feel ashamed of your code but don't have a paid account.
I like to think that increased competition from us (GitLab) contributed to this change: ["thank you gitlab for providing market competition forcing github to consider this!"](https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18848142)
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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](https://about.gitlab.com/devops-tools/). Or as Stavros Korokithaki [phrased it](https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18848066): "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."
  • If you see my previous point about "Some History", this section could be titled or prefaced with "Looking ahead" or something along those lines.

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We think the long term trend is [multi-cloud](https://medium.com/gitlab-magazine/multi-cloud-maturity-model-2de185c01dd7) and we'll keep shipping with [2000 others contributors](http://contributors.gitlab.com/) to make this a reality.
  • 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!"

    Some history

    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.

    Looking ahead

    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."

    We think the long term trend is multi-cloud and we'll keep shipping with 2000 others contributors to make this a reality.

  • mentioned in issue #3662 (closed)

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