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GitLab Plans to Save Up to $1M by Deleting Inactive Projects by Free Users

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Right after Microsoft acquired GitHub, many users migrated to GitLab and other GitHub alternatives.

Considering many popular open-source projects can be found on GitLab, it has a good reputation with developers and project maintainers.

Now, there has been an interesting development at GitLab, as reported by The Register

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Also: GitLab plans to delete dormant projects in free accounts

GitLab plans to delete dormant projects...

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  • Lilbits: GitLab could delete inactive projects, Google's messed up messaging strategy, and Purism's priciest Librem 5 Linux smartphone now ships more quickly - Liliputing

    GitLab is a software development, hosting and deployment company that’s proven popular with open source software developers and which currently hosts many popular projects. But according to a report from The Register, some of those projects could disappear soon.

    That’s because GitLab is said to be planning to start deleting inactive projects from users on GitLab’s free service tier if they haven’t been updated in the past 12 months. In order to stave off deletion, developers just need to issue a commit, open an issue, or otherwise show that the project is active. But there’s a decent chance that this policy could still lead to deletion of many older software projects that haven’t been updated in a long time, but which may still be in use or which may be relied upon by other software projects.

GitLab U-turns on deleting dormant projects after backlash

  • GitLab U-turns on deleting dormant projects after backlash

    GitLab has reversed its decision to automatically delete projects that are inactive for more than a year and belong to its free-tier users.

    As revealed exclusively yesterday by The Register, GitLab planned to introduce the policy in late September. The biz hoped the move would save it up to $1 million a year and help make its SaaS business sustainable.

    This news did not go down well.

>GitLab won't slay those zombie repos, but a problem remains

  • GitLab won't slay those zombie repos, but a problem remains • The Register

    GitLab is chewing on life's gristle. The problem, we hear, is that deadbeat freeloaders are sucking up its hosting lifeforce. The company's repo hive is clogged with zombie projects, untouched for years but still plugged into life support. It's costing us a million bucks a year, sighed GiLab's spreadsheet wranglers, and for what?

    $1 million is certainly a lot to be wasting on a fossil collection, and is a full quarter of the company's total hosting costs. Who wouldn't want to spend it on something more fun? One answer is to cut 'em loose, which was what GitLab was expected to do from September. In an attempt to forestall the inevitable tsunami of techiness, the GitLabbers set very generous rules – a project has to be untouched for a year, there'll be plenty of warning, and the merest brush of a code fairy's gossamer wings will reset the clock.

    But that was never going to quell the outrage. Some of this is entitlement bias, but a lot of it is because of the harm done to open source when stuff just vanishes from places where it was once assured a safe harbor. Last week, just hours after The Reg exclusively broke the story, the org made a quick U-turn.

There is no 'free' hosting unless you are the product

  • Give nothing, expect nothing: GitLab’s the latest punching bag for entitled users

    What do Docker, GitLab, and Red Hat have in common? Aside from various levels of participation in open source, they’ve all been punching bags over the past few years for non-paying users angry that they’ve taken some freebies off the table.

    When Docker had the temerity to introduce limits for free users pulling containers from DockerHub, or requiring a subscription for large business users, lots of people started complaining and/or looking for a free alternative.

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