Computer code.

As Microsoft buys GitHub, developers are moving their code elsewhere

98,300

Microsoft bought GitHub, and developers are not happy. Fearful of what could happen with the beloved code repository, many are taking their work to rival coding platform GitLab.

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Computer code.
98,300

Already over the weekend, when rumors of the acquisition started to circulate, GitLab tells Quartz it saw the number of repositories imported from GitHub jump from the usual daily average of 1,000.

Computer code.
98,300

Then on Monday, when the acquisition was confirmed by Microsoft, the number spiked to 46,900. It continued to grow on Tuesday, getting to 98,300.

Computer code.
98,300

Repositories imported from GitHub to rival coding platform GitLab

Computer code.
98,300

The exodus of coders is too small to really do GitHub much harm—with its 24 million users and 67 million repositories—but the inflow of users means a lot for the smaller GitLab.

Computer code.
98,300

And the startup is surfing the wave: It made a post explaining how to migrate from GitHub, started giving away discounts, and created a Twitter account to track the hashtag #movingtogitlab.

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