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Article from Issue 220/2019

GitHub offers free private repositories, Linus Torvalds welcomes 2019 with Linux 5, SQLite database vulnerable, hacks abound, Kubernetes vulnerability found and fixed, and Dolphin announces new switch for composable architectures. 

GitHub Offers Free Private Repositories

GitHub has announced that it is now taking on players like GitLab and offering free private repositories. Anyone could always set up a free repository on GitHub; the condition was that the code had to be public, which meant that projects and organizations could not set up private repositories. If they wanted private repository, they had to pay.

Now anyone can create a private repository for free (https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/07/github-free-users-now-get-unlimited-private-repositories/). The only caveat is that there can be at most three collaborators to the project, which means big organizations can't exploit the free service to manage their mega projects.

A private repository lets developer communities work on the codebase internally, away from the public. GitHub competitors like GitLab already offer free private repositories.

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