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Github dominates the source code repositories

Beats out Sourceforge, Google Code, and Microsoft's Codeplex
Fri Jun 03 2011, 15:59

THE LESS THAN CHARMINGLY NAMED source code sharing web site Github is celebrating its success in becoming the most popular internet destination of its kind.

The news was bought to the firm's attention by Stephen O'Grady of the technology analyst firm Redmonk and open source specialist Black Duck Software that revealed that it now attracts more commits than any of the other providers.

"Despite GitHub's age (we turned 3 in April), our service has become the dominant platform from which developers and companies choose to host and share their code (and we have every intention of making sure it stays that way)," blogged the firm's chief, PJ Hyett.

Github has had over one million commits since it launched in 2008, while Sourceforge, which is over a decade old, has logged around 600,000, Google Code about 290,000 and Microsoft Codeplex only some 50,000 (ouch).

Redmonk, which counts Github amongst its clients, said in its presentation, "Github is a new center of gravity", which we have to note is a rather glowing endorsement.

The most popular language on the Github code forge is Ruby, which appears at the bottom of the lists for both Sourceforge and Google Code, and in fifth place at Code Plex. C++ takes the top spot at Sourceforge, Java is the victor among Google Coders, while C# is going down like a (fairly weak) storm at Codeplex.

The open source, distributed version control system called Git that drives Github was written by Linus Torvalds, the founder of Linux, over a few weeks in 2005 to replace the proprietary Bitkeeper system for managing development of the Linux kernel. µ


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