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Colin Devroe

Reverse Engineer. Blogger.

GitLab to open source Gitter

Jordan Novet for VentureBeat:

GitLab won’t bundle it in its community edition or its enterprise edition yet, but it will open-source the Gitter code for others to build on, GitLab cofounder and CEO Sid Sijbrandij told VentureBeat in an interview. What’s happening now, though, is that as part of GitLab, Gitter is launching a new feature called Topics, where people will be able to ask and answer questions — sort of like Stack Overflow.

GitLab is killing it. I think this is an excellent move.

GitHub is now more affordable

GitHub:

We couldn’t be more excited to announce that all of our paid plans on GitHub.com now include unlimited private repositories. GitHub will always be free for public and open source projects, but starting today there are just two ways to pay for GitHub.com.

$7/m for personal accounts, $9/m per user for organizations (only $25/m for the first 5 users).

This makes using GitHub.com about as affordable as possible for anyone that needs collaborative, online version control. At Plain we had switched to BitBucket because their model was better for our specific usage (lots of private repos, low head count). But this change could bring us back someday.

I’ve written a few times about how git isn’t just for programmers. The same goes for GitHub. I think their way forward, and for growth, would be to begin separating the experience for different uses like writers, designers, researchers. I wonder if making it more affordable is a step towards that.

git from the inside out

Mary Rose Cook:

The essay focuses on the graph structure that underpins Git and the way the properties of this graph dictate Git’s behavior. Looking at fundamentals, you build your mental model on the truth rather than on hypotheses constructed from evidence gathered while experimenting with the API. This truer model gives you a better understanding of what Git has done, what it is doing, and what it will do.

I use git every day and I have read many pieces like Cook’s in the past. This was my favorite one to-date. I recommend giving it a read.

Side note: I prefer “git” over “Git”.