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Ok few things I'd like to address.

    "...developers asking for more features, control, consideration ect; and it github largely seemed to be ignoring these concerns."
Users will always ask for more features, or a specific functionality that addresses their single pain point. Rushing to add these things causes technical debt and dilutes your product. Beautiful products should be simple. The right approach is to listen to users and figure out the root cause of their pains, and then perhaps decide if the need is big enough address it.

"It's really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them." — Steve Jobs

    "So yes, even though they both just copied open source software created by linus torvalds..."
Ok have to stop you here. The git protocol and cli indeed was written by Linus, but git never tackled how to bring it into a beautiful web interface. git never brought social interaction (issues, pull requests) into coding. GitHub created a lot of innovation in their product and technically.



right, I was driving home the point that, even though github didn't build git, they didn't simply copy it.

> git never brought social interaction (issues, pull requests) into coding. GitHub created a lot of innovation in their product.

Many people feel like they stopped innovating here, and thus they choose gitlabs. As a startup, it has to answer the question you asked, and it has to work extremely hard to win developers, add features, and draw distinctions between github and gitlab.

The steve jobs quote doesn't make sense. In your example, if numerous people switched to android right after they offered the features ignored by apple, it would be pretty obvious they were important.

I don't dislike github. I actively like gitlab. You can choose whatever one you want. I personally am a gitlab user for the reasons above. These are subjective, but many seem to embrace them.




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