Microsoft acquired Github today for $7.5 billion. Github was founded in 2008. It stores and manages code in repositories using Git, a distributed version control software developed by Linus Torvalds. It has 28 million users and 85 million projects. Github public repositories are free. Private repositories start at $7 per month for developers. For teams, it starts at $9 per user/month and up to $21 per user/month. If you like to run your own Git repository, check out GitLab. Just install it on a Linux server.
Git is the most popular version control software for managing your code. If you’re looking for the best version control system out there, Git is the pretty much the de-facto standard of version control. Although you can run Git locally without a server, you’ll need some kind of repository to share your code with others.
Enter Github. Github provide free and paid Git repositories. Github public repositories are free, while private ones require subscription. For $7 dollars a month, you can have up to 5 private repositories. For $50 per month, you can use up to 50 repositories.
If you want to run your own Git repository either on the cloud or on your own private network (it’s more secure this way), then you’ll need to look at Gitlab’s Community Edition (Github.com is proprietary). Gitlab requires that you install their software on a Linux server (I’m using Ubuntu Server).
I tried running Gitlab CE on the cheapest server ($5 per month) I can find at Digital Ocean. It works but, it’s painfully slow. I don’t recommend it. The $5 per month server only has 1 CPU core and 512 MB of RAM. I recommend that you go for a system that has 2 CPU cores and 2GB of RAM. This system will cost $20 per month.
By the way, if you don’t want managing your own server, you can simply sign up with Gitlab.com. It’s free! They offer unlimited private and public repositories up to 10GB of disk space per project. Of course, Gitlab has other products. For a paid subscription you can get enterprise support and more advanced features.
Visit Gitlab for more details.
GitHub has a native for the Mac OS called “Github Mac.” You can download the app directly from GitHub. With this native app, you can clone, and fork a repository. You can commit your changes to the local or remote repository. Github for Mac is fairly intuitive. I didn’t need to read the manual to perform version control tasks.
In addition, you can also browse history, switch branches and synchronize your changes to the master repository. The application was designed using Chameleon, a port of Apple’s UIKit for iOS. The interface is well-designed and integrates well with the GitHub repositories. Synchronization seems to be snappy and quite fast. Overall, it’s a fast and snappy application. Most of all, it’s free.