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GitHub Registers Its 3 Millionth User 64

hypnosec writes "Online version control system GitHub, which is based on Git — the distributed version control system developed by Linus Torvalds — now has over three million registered users, it has been revealed. Announcing the achievement, the code sharing site used by the likes of jQuery, Perl, PHP, Ruby as well as Joomla said in a blog post that the 'three millionth person signed up for a GitHub account' on Monday night."
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GitHub Registers Its 3 Millionth User

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  • by stoolpigeon ( 454276 ) * <bittercode@gmail> on Thursday January 17, 2013 @01:38PM (#42618131) Homepage Journal

    I've started using it for personal projects. It makes it easy for me to work on multiple machines, provides a form of backup by spreading the code around and should I ever do anything that actually interests someone else - they'll be able to join in or use what I've done.

  • by oGMo ( 379 ) on Thursday January 17, 2013 @01:50PM (#42618271)

    I "joke" that github is my social network of choice .. but it's not really a joke. A lot of real actual stuff happens on github, and it's highly useful.

    The distribution features you've mentioned have arguably been provided for awhile by SourceForge (which was great for its time), but nothing beats the sheer speed, simplicity, and focus on the code that github provides. And while git beats the pants off everything else, I dread having to deal with "other" sites (*cough*gitorious*cough*) because they're just not as fast and useful as github. That is, git alone doesn't make github what it is.

    I just wish their private hosting was a little less pricey, but hey whatever the market will bear.

  • Re:Don't like it (Score:5, Insightful)

    by phantomfive ( 622387 ) on Thursday January 17, 2013 @03:04PM (#42619039) Journal
    I stayed on Sourceforge for a long time, it has good features. It supports multiple SCMs simultaneously (git, cvs, svn...).

    I stopped using it when they started spamming up their download page. It's not cool to be on the download page and accidentally download "Zoom Downloader Free Trial" because it has a giant 'DOWNLOAD' button right on the middle of the screen.
  • by mattiaza ( 2567891 ) on Thursday January 17, 2013 @04:48PM (#42620103)
    This is in no way unique to GitHub. Anything you find and see on the web (code, pictures, videos, poems) is subject to copyright. If the author has not explicitly set a license, you can't use it.

    And I don't think GitHub should include any default licensing terms in its terms and conditions. Demanding a license for the users' content is what got people upset about Twitter and Instagram - and no company would publish code on GitHub if they are not in control of the licenses. What GitHub could do is offer a selection box with popular licenses (including "all copyright is mine!") when creating a repository just to remind people.

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