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Bitbucket does git

I’ve been a paying Github customer for quite some time. I like having private repositories. I didn’t realise that Bitbucket was purchased by Atlassian, and more interestingly, they’re now offering Git support.

For me, this beats the pants off Github. There might be more community at Github (cue: how Sourceforge is sort of dying), and I’m not ditching Github, but I’m definitely realising I can save money from now on (Github’s cheapest plans start at $7/month for private repos).

So how does Bitbucket compare in terms of pricing? 5 free users for private repositories. Unlimited public/private repositories. If I hit more than 5, the next 5 users cost $2/month each ($10/month for 10 users). Clear win.

Bitbucket also has a migration tool on the Web that allows you to import repositories. It didn’t take much work for me, and I’ve just cancelled my Github subscription. I’m not cancelling my Github account because whatever is public still works… but for private stuff, Bitbucket seems to be the winner.

Nitobi acquired by Adobe; PhoneGap to be ASF

I tweeted on October 1 about how I thought PhoneGap Build was cool. Its an immensely cool service which I’ve wanted to see MoSync do.

On October 2 I just read that PhoneGap was being submitted to the Apache Software Foundation (article, mailing list post). I absolutely loved the commitment, their current license was already good, and I was very excited for Nitobi.

Just yesterday on October 3, Nitobi announced that they entered into an acquisition agreement with Adobe. PhoneGap Build will be closed-source, commercial, and cost money. DreamWeaver CS 5.5 has PhoneGap. However PhoneGap itself will remain open, and will become Apache Callback.

Kudos to Nitobi. Kudos to Adobe. You’re making the right decision. Just don’t screw it up.

Nitobi is pursuing a contribution of the PhoneGap code to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) to ensure open stewardship of the project over the long term. As part of that process it will be renamed to a new Apache-branded name Callback. Adobe fully supports this contribution and will continue to host the PhoneGap community site with full participation from its contributors, as well as the PhoneGap Build service. — on why PhoneGap code is being donated to the ASF


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