Report: GitHub more popular than SourceForge and Google Code
GitHub has announced that it is now the most popular open source software forge, surpassing Google Code, SourceForge and Microsoft's CodePlex. According to a post on the GitHub blog, the latest numbers come from Stephen O'Grady of tech analyst firm RedMonk working with open source specialist Black Duck Software.
O'Grady says that RedMonk and Black Duck Software examined the total number of commits from January through May 2011 and found that GitHub had over a million commits (1,153,059) followed by SourceForge (624,989), Google Code (287,901) and CodePlex (49,839).
Broken down by forge, the language statistics reveal how some forges attract users of particular languages.
Founded in 2007 and launched in February 2008, San Francisco-based GitHub provides hosted repositories for Git, the distributed revision control system developed by Linus Torvalds, enhanced with its own web front-end and tools. GitHub has become one of the most active venues for open source developers to share, discuss and develop their code, and has built on Git's ability to allow developers to clone a code repository and work with the code without having to coordinate pushing changes back.
The site makes its money from paid plans for individuals and organisations that want their repositories hosted privately. The service is free for open source projects which will have access to unlimited public repositories and public collaborators. GitHub also hosts the CodeConf conference, which took place in April of this year and focused on social coding, as well as the recently announced PyCodeConf 2011 conference focused on the Python programming language.
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