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Honestly, it's a positive improvement. Better information layout, and the code is still front and center. None of the core functions really changed place, just changed padding a little.

What about determining the language and license?

That used to be front and center and two of the most important things when I land on a repo page.

For the license, it's right there near the stop of the sidebar. For me it's actually easier to notice now.

As for language, it's true, it's below the fold in the sidebar. Maybe it'd be better above the contributors. But for me the most important place for me to see language is when searching/browsing through lists of repos - and that hasn't changed.

I highly doubt that's the case for most people when using Github on a daily basis though.

Really? I found that I only really look at the code when I look at projects I'm involved in. Usually though I use GitHub for discovery and then I care much more about the languages, commits, releases and Readme.

To be fair, that means you are not the one paying their bills.

I pay them money on several accounts, maybe it's not enough and IBM asked them to do this? I'm not sure how well MS and IBM get along, IBM saw them as public enemy #1 when I left, but where paying for GitHub?

Fair point. Although I do wonder how enterprises manage their dependencies. Do they not use GitHub like that at all?

The language/license are the first things I look for in a repository. New design makes all that information awkward.

Another benefit is that the project pages seem to load faster than before (and _much_ faster than GitLab's project pages)

Yeah it's clear that they're setting things up to be used more frequently on touch-based devices. Combine that with the hosted IDE, Visual Studio Code, Azure Devops, etc and it's more or less strategically obvious that the goal is to enable a shift in that direction.

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