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Source code repository GitHub will offer free private repositories to developers from now on, the company has announced.

Previously, a charge of US$7 was levied per month for private repositories. There will be a limit of up to three collaborators per repository.

GitHub was purchased by Microsoft for US$7.5 billion in June last year.

In a blog post, GitHub chief Nat Friedman said: "Many developers want to use private repos to apply for a job, work on a side project, or try something out in private before releasing it publicly.

"Starting today (7 January), those scenarios, and many more, are possible on GitHub at no cost. Public repositories are still free (of course — no changes there) and include unlimited collaborators."

Additionally, the company announced that it had created a unified product known as GitHub Enterprise for Enterprise Cloud (formerly GitHub Business Cloud) and Enterprise Server (formerly GitHub Enterprise).

"Organisations that want the flexibility to use GitHub in a cloud or self-hosted configuration can now access both at one per-seat price," Friedman said.

"And with GitHub Connect, these products can be securely linked, providing a hybrid option so developers can work seamlessly across both environments."

At the time Microsoft announced the acquisition of GitHub, there was a mixed reaction, with open-source developers wary of the Redmond-based software giant's motives.

One security researcher, Mustafa Al-Bassam, raised the possibility that the NSA could now gain access to the code of GitHub as Microsoft has, in the past, allowed the spy agency access to its systems.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.


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