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After confirming the acquisition of GitHub by Microsoft , many have raised the use of an alternative for fear of possible policies that could apply the giant Redmond (especially the so-called 

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With the controversy in full boil, it seems that at the moment there will not be many projects that change service.Even so, we take the opportunity to remember five of the best-known alternatives , with both proprietary and open proposals. In MuyLinux we will not say which is better, but we will leave that decision in the hands of the users.

 

GitLab

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 has sounded lately, and that is possibly the strongest competitor that has GitHub for some time.

The main advantage that GitLab has is the fact that it is free software, its code being published under MIT . This allows it to be bifurcated and reimplemented in its own server. On the other hand, its interface and way of functioning are similar to those of GitHub, although with the addition that it allows to create private repositories for free, something that can come very well to those developers who are not interested in exposing their code and do not want to pay for it.

Other features are the ability to easily migrate from GitHub (something that is likely to be enhanced from now) and payment plans for those who do not want to invest in their own server.

We can not forget that recently GNOME has completed its migration to GitLab , taking with it GIMP, which could help this service to gain followers among the public linuxero.

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Bitbucket

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 is another interesting alternative to host code. Pertaining to the company Atlassian, it is proprietary, although it allows to create private repositories for free , besides supporting the import from GitHub .

When belonging to Atlassian, it is strongly integrated with other project managers belonging to the same company, such as Jira, HipChat and Confluence, which makes it attractive for software developers. According to their plans, it is free for teams of up to five members, so it can come in handy as a starting point and then move on to payment plans once the project or company has increased in size.

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GNU Savannah

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 in the gutter, the project management solution of the Free Software Foundation .

How could it be otherwise, GNU Savannah is totally free software and according to 

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 offers support for CVS, GNU arch, Subversion, Git, Mercurial, Bazaar, mailing lists, web hosting, file hosting and bug tracking. It is currently divided into two domains: savannah.gnu.org for official GNU project software and savannah.nongnu.org for all free software not belonging to GNU.

Its purpose is to support only free software projects , not allowing proprietary technologies such as Flash in its hosting policies.

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SourceForge

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 is one of the biggest cases of "phoenix" that have been seen in the history of software. Three years ago we echoed how the service was dying because of the excess of greed of its owners, who ended up making it a challenge for the integrity of their own users, especially Windows.

Fortunately, a new address has returned this service to its place so that it returns to what it was . Obviously, advertising has not completely disappeared, because the company behind it has to live with something, but at least its policy is no longer aggressive with users and that is something to be thankful for. Currently, many relevant Open Source projects rely on SourceForce.

Noteworthy is the recent redesign of the website, which has given it an attractive and modern look.

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Gitea

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 . According to its own 

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 , it is a self-storage Git service that tries to be easy to handle and features similar to GitHub, Bitbucket and GiLab, being the result of the Gogs fork.

It is Open Source (published under MIT) and is written with 

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 , which allows it to be independent of both the system and the architecture, being able to support GNU / Linux, Mac and Windows on architectures such as amd64, i386, ARM, PowerPC and others

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conclusion

Although the volume of both projects and active developers in GitHub is much higher, it is seen and proven that there are solid alternatives to this service that can cover the needs from different perspectives.

As we said at the beginning, we are not going to say which is better, and obviously, here we have only put five examples, there being many other alternatives like 

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