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Meh, I'm no fan of MS, but can't see why people are complaining about this. It's a nice move.
For some people this means they won't need to pay $7 a month anymore for private repos - fantastic. For others it means they can now keep all their repos in Github rather than hosting their private ones elsewhere - great.
Some people are sceptical as to the motivation behind it, and therefore don't want to use free private repos on Github - also fine. No-one's forcing anyone to use them, and nothing else has changed.
ftyross1811yThe sceptical part of me thinks that they may be offering the free tier to get people in the door and once they have a nice large username, they unveil a price and force users to start paying a nominal amount to keep their repos in place.
I'm happy - the only reason I never used github was because I would have to pay to keep my code private.
I think they're just trying to build a bigger userbase and overcome the exodus of users who hate MS after they purchases it.
They may in the future start charging at which point if its worth it I will start paying or just move to a competitor, thats the beauty of capitalism
The last time I remember Microsoft giving away anything "for free" it was Windows 10 "upgrades". The skepticism is warranted
git-gud15441yIt's exactly that: PR. They don't aim to get money from users, they want to make the companies using github top it it up. which makes sense considering that they (so far) had difficulties getting the users on their side.
And since there's big money behind github now, they don't even need it to make profit, they can just use it to generate good PR.
Hansz7551yMeh ... perfectly happy with Gitlab.
@nathanchere ms always have given free private repos, plus ci/cd and many other tools up to 5 collaborators per project on azure devops (ex visual studio team services)... So I'm not surprised of this on github , but people will keep bullshit against ms because is cool
On bitbucket there is the same "catch"