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30 June 2010, 14:59

GitHub introduces Organizations group-owned repositories

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GItHub Logo The GitHub developers have introduced a new way to simplify management of group-owned repositories called "Organizations". With Organizations, users of the open source code hosting service will be able to better manage both distributed and internal teams.

Aimed at businesses and for large open source projects, the new feature includes support for company-specific dashboards and allows for the centralisation of an organisations code repositories by creating an org structure with "next generation" permissions control. Administrators can give each team one of three levels of permission: 'Pull Only', 'Push & Pull' or 'Push, Pull & Administrative'. Users with Administrative permissions can also fork their projects to a new repository, as well as team members' forks, if they so choose.

More details about Organizations can be found in a post on the GitHub blog by developer Kyle Neath. Like all of GitHub's other features, Organizations are free for open source projects. Plans start at $7 per month for closed source / non-public repositories.

Update: Following the launch of Organizations and feedback on its pricing, GitHub has already reduced its pricing for closed source repositories and introduced two new plans for small businesses.

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