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Comparison of DVCS hosting - Github, Bitbucket, Assembla, Unfuddle, Kiln & more (uggedal.com)
44 points by uggedal 1545 days ago | comments


kneath 1545 days ago | link

I know that the author says this is a high level overview... but the extra features that DVCS hosting companies add on top of repository hosting is practically the entire value-add of using a repository hosting site vs. setting up your own server or just dropboxing your git projects.

I know I'm biased, but for me I could care less about features like price per GB. Features like GitHub's Branch List page, Compare View, Commit Comments, and Web UI are the entire reason I push private repositories.

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uggedal 1545 days ago | link

Trust me, I wish I could afford to use Github. But with the twenty-something private repositories I have now I'd be shelling out $50 a month. I find this a bit pricey considering that these private repositories probably takes less than 50MB combined.

To get around the private repository cap one could use one repository with every project as a separate branch. But I imagine such a solution would be a PITA to manage.

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kneath 1545 days ago | link

I have to ask, if your total combined space is 50MB, why did you choose disk space as the axis of comparison across all these hosts?

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uggedal 1544 days ago | link

The major factor was repository count. I eliminated all providers with restrictions on the amount of private repositories before comparing the remaining providers across disk space.

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kingkilr 1545 days ago | link

Indeed. The company I work for does our own git hosting, but we mirror all repositories to github for features like these.

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qeorge 1544 days ago | link

I've used RepositoryHosting.com for a bit over a year, and its one of the best deals I've ever gotten. We have a repo for each client project, so like the author we require unlimited repositories although our disk space needs are low.

We don't need the project management offerings that are included with Unfuddle and others, so its a good fit for us. I've worked with Unfuddle as well, and its a great deal if you'd benefit from some Basecampish features.

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slig 1544 days ago | link

I'm another very happy RepositoryHosting client. The support is very responsive and the I've never faced an downtime.

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Groxx 1544 days ago | link

I only knew of about half of those, so the list alone is valuable to me. I'll have to try a few myself, thanks!

To those interested, I've been using Unfuddle for a while, and a super-basic review:

Pretty quick, clean, and most importantly loads of very helpful (?) documentation popups for n00bs (myself included). Someone who's never used Git can jump on Unfuddle and be functional very quickly. I believe they use Trac for a ticketing system, but I'm not familiar enough with it to say for sure.

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justinchen 1544 days ago | link

haven't heard of unfuddle before but it seems like a great deal. nice how it has svn, git and ticketing.

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billiob 1545 days ago | link

Nice post. You forgot about codaset.com that has an interesting pricing model explained here: http://codaset.com/codaset/codaset/blog/official-launch-day-...

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uggedal 1544 days ago | link

Added Codaset to the article.

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edanm 1545 days ago | link

I went through this exact process a few weeks ago, when I started using Mercurial as my main source control. This article would have helped a lot.

I settled on Codebasehq, btw, and I'm extremely happy so far.

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kamens 1544 days ago | link

Kiln, like FogBugz, also offers a Student & Startup account that's completely free for 2 users.

Disclaimer: I work on Kiln and FogBugz, but this is relevant to the article's assessments.

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alexknowshtml 1545 days ago | link

Beanstalk was left off as well, they support Git as of a month and change ago.

I like them because of FTP/SFTP deployment, and they hook into all of the other info management and communication tools I use.

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scorchin 1545 days ago | link

Springloops -- link: http://springloops.com/ -- also do FTP/SFTP/SCP deployments and provide a much more flexible way of handling deployments in comparison to Beanstalk. The only let down is that they only support SVN at the moment, but I do know that if you ask for beta access you can use Git.

However, I've been waiting on them to implement Git functionality for well over 5 months now and still no luck :(

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uggedal 1544 days ago | link

Added Beanstalk. Due to their restrictions on private repository count my conclusion is unchanged.

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rubyrescue 1545 days ago | link

for private repos we just setup a separate git user on a cloud machine, add everyone's public keys and make backups. it's really not more hassle and then we don't have to explain to a client that their source lives somewhere other than an environment that we control.

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pibefision 1545 days ago | link

cloud machine = Amazon?

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pyre 1544 days ago | link

or any of the others

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toni 1545 days ago | link

Also missing from the list is ProjectLocker.com. They offer several Git plans[1]. I'm using their free plan for my private projects and am very happy with them.

[1] https://projectlocker.com/scenario/startup

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SlyShy 1545 days ago | link

Great table layouts. I was hoping for a large summarizing table at the end, however, because it was hard to directly compare two tables without a lot of scrolling.

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ube 1545 days ago | link

Maybe I am missing what you're saying but the conclusion at the end summarizes everything quite nicely in context of the original purpose which is stated as "Please note that this is a fairly high level overview of DVCS hosting providers where I focused mainly on price for private repositories and allocated disk space."

Why would you need a gigantic table in this case?

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SlyShy 1545 days ago | link

Sometimes I like to form my own conclusions.

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ube 1545 days ago | link

Terrific and clear comparison. I've been wondering about where to go with private repos...thanks for answering this question and having clear recommendations.

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jrockway 1544 days ago | link

I have several repositories with personal and client related code which needs to stay private (like wasitup‘s source).

Because what a tragedy it would be if someone saw the source code to a site that does an HTTP request and occasionally sends email. It would save a "competitor" like 15 seconds!

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uggedal 1544 days ago | link

  $ ~/dev/wasitup cloc .
        85 text files.
        84 unique files.                              
        20 files ignored.
  
  http://cloc.sourceforge.net v 1.08  T=0.5 s (130.0 files/s, 12730.0 lines/s)
  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Language          files     blank   comment      code    scale   3rd gen. equiv
  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Python               47       688       214      3658 x   4.20 =       15363.60
  HTML                 14       283        20       831 x   1.90 =        1578.90
  CSS                   1        66         8       282 x   1.00 =         282.00
  Javascript            1        30         2       155 x   1.48 =         229.40
  Lua                   1        15        11        67 x   4.00 =         268.00
  Bourne Shell          1         7         0        28 x   3.81 =         106.68
  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  SUM:                 65      1089       255      5021 x   3.55 =       17828.58
  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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jrockway 1544 days ago | link

Less lines of code than my Emacs configuration. Seriously.

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uggedal 1544 days ago | link

My point: Writing 5000 lines of code in higher level languages takes more than 15 seconds.

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jrockway 1544 days ago | link

I said "replicate your app", not "write 5000 lines of code".

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