Microsoft-owned GitHub is making a major change to its service. These projects are typically open-source not because their authors have any particular desire to share them with the world but because GitHub gave them no choice: free GitHub accounts could only create public repositories.
The biggest news here for most is the launch of free private repositories.
GitHub has announced GitHub Free, which gives users unlimited private repositories for free - a move that brings it into tighter competition with rivals like Atlassian BitBucket or Gitlab.
Microsoft bought GitHub to win the hearts and minds of software developers, and this could be an important step towards that goal. First and foremost: private repositories are now available for free to all users.
Finally, if you're anxious that using a free service means you're the product, you can always install GitLab for free on your own server.
TheNextWeb says Microsoft plans to limit private repositories on free accounts to three collaborators a piece, so this will be more for small developers and teams.
GitHub co-founder Chris Wanstrath, future GitHub CEO Nat Friedman, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and Microsoft CFO Amy Hood.
No longer. Now every GitHub account can create an unlimited number of private repositories.
"We really want our products to reflect the journey of the developer regardless of where they are in their career", said Kathy Simpson, senior director of product management at GitHub, in explaining the new changes. The new Enterprise Cloud plan will let organizations and businesses access cloud and self-hosted GitHub configurations for a single per-user price.