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GitLab Acquires Software Chat Startup Gitter, Will Open-Source the Code (venturebeat.com) 28

According to VentureBeat, "GitLab, a startup that provides open source and premium source code repository software that people use to collaborate on software, is announcing today that it has acquired Gitter, a startup that provides chat rooms that are attached to repositories of code so that collaborators can exchange messages." From the report: GitLab won't bundle it in its community edition or its enterprise edition yet, but it will open-source the Gitter code for others to build on, GitLab cofounder and CEO Sid Sijbrandij told VentureBeat in an interview. What's happening now, though, is that as part of GitLab, Gitter is launching a new feature called Topics, where people will be able to ask and answer questions -- sort of like Stack Overflow. "Although Gitter is best in class with indexing things, it's still sometimes hard to find things," Sijbrandij said. "In this Q&A product, it's a lot easier to structure the Q&A. You're not dealing so much with a chronological timeline where people have different conversations that cross each other. There's a location for every piece of knowledge, and it can grow over time." That technology is already available in beta in Gitter rooms on GitHub, and it will become available on GitLab's Gitter pages over time, Sijbrandij said.

GitLab Acquires Software Chat Startup Gitter, Will Open-Source the Code

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 15, 2017 @08:16PM (#54047773)

    I can't wait until the Git fad finally dies out. I've worked with a number of teams that use Git, and they all use it like a centralized VCS, except it's more awkward to set up and use than a VCS like SVN or Perforce or even CVS is. Then they spend more time arguing about whether or not to rebase than they spend actually developing software.

    It's a real shame that Mercurial didn't win out. It's a superior DVCS in every way, except for not having as much mindless hype surrounding it. But I suppose in some ways that's one of its best features, too. It hasn't attracted all of the fools that Git has.

    • by Kergan ( 780543 )

      Using SVN day in day out is far too slow with non-trivial repos.

      (I hear git and hg can be slow too when used with very large repos. But, as I understood, this primarily is when first cloning a repo or during large fetches. In stark contrast with SVN, you don't end up with enough time to make coffee or walk your dog each time you commit.)

    • I've worked with a number of teams that use Git, and they all use it like a centralized VCS

      The D in DVCS stands for distributed, not decentralized. The model is up to you, but even with a centralized one there are many benefits. Try bisecting with SVN.

      except it's more awkward to set up and use than a VCS like SVN or Perforce or even CVS is.

      Then you must be doing something wrong. I’ve had to handle both SVN and git repo sharing and git was a breeze compared to SVN. Not to mention starting a project on your own is as easy as `git init`.

      Then they spend more time arguing about whether or not to rebase than they spend actually developing software.

      Sure, the tool is to blame for people who like bikeshedding.

      It's a real shame that Mercurial didn't win out. It's a superior DVCS in every way, except for not having as much mindless hype surrounding it. But I suppose in some ways that's one of its best features, too. It hasn't attracted all of the fools that Git has.

      My first DVCS experience was with Mercurial, and I’m glad git won the race. The o

    • Launched 2011; 6 years ago
    • As of December 2016, the company has 150 team members and more than 1400 open source contributors.

    I think it's safe to say they've outgrown "startup".

    • by XXeR ( 447912 )

      I think it's safe to say they've outgrown "startup".

      Gitter launched in 2014 and was seeded in 2015...that's a startup in my book.

      • GitLab, a startup that provides open source

        • by XXeR ( 447912 )

          GitLab, a startup that provides open source

          Sorry, be specific then, it's in the title of the article for Gitter:

          GitLab Acquires Software Chat Startup Gitter, Will Open-Source the Code

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