GitLab version 8.7 has been released, the latest in the company's monthly cycle. The newest version adds new features and creature comforts and makes some minor performance improvements.
GitLab, maker of the homonymous Git-based code management and continuous integration platform, and Y Combinator cloud platform provider DigitalOcean have partnered to provide free hosting to the open source community to move their continuous integration to the cloud.
GitHub has been quietly rolling out DGit, short for “distributed Git”, a new distributed storage system built on top of Git with the aim of improving reliability, availability, and performance of using GitHub.
GitHub-based project management solution ZenHub has recently introduced “Epics”, a new tool that provides a complete re-work of GitHub issues and issue management that aims to make it possible to fully manage product roadmaps inside of GitHub.
Recently [announced](https://github.com/blog/2131-git-2-8-has-been-released) Git 2.8 brings many new features, improvements, and bug fixes. Among the most noteworthy are parallel fetch for submodules, an improvement to how Git handles a user's identity, and better support for Windows.
Following on from the introduction of templates, GitHub has added another new feature, Reactions, that aims to allow developers to vote on issues, comments, or PRs using emoticons.
GitLab 8.5 brings a host of new features and improvements, including a significant performance boost, especially when running very large instances; Todos, a new feature aimed to help keep track of pending tasks for developers; and GitLab Geo, only available for GitLab Enterprise Edition, that supports geo-replication to improve performance for geographically distributed teams.
RightScale just released the results of their annual “State of the Cloud” survey which identifies trends in cloud adoption and usage. The key findings? Organizations are investing in both public and private clouds, security is no longer the number one challenge to adoption, Docker and Ansible are growing in popularity, and central IT departments are taking on a greater role in decision making.
GitHub introduced a new, highly requested feature that will allow project maintainers to define custom templates for issues and pull requests. Additionally, GitHub’s web UI now supports the possibility of uploading files.
GitHub has responded to the 'Dear GitHub' letter, with plans of how they propose to address the issues raised in the future.
According to GitHub, Jekyll 3.0 will make GitHub Pages faster and easier to use, though the switch will not be painless for all existing sites due to some features being removed in the process.
Although development has only started, Google has announced their first commits of Git Ketch, a multi-master Git management system that replicates information across multiple Git servers for resilience and scalability. The changes are based on JGit, a Java-based Git server, although other Git servers may be part of the multi-master cluster.
Two months after the release of version 2.6, Git 2.7 has been announced, bringing many new features as well as performance improvements.
Thomas Bradford talked about his experience with maintaining a monolith Java based system with zero test coverage and large technical debt at the Agile Testing Days 2015. InfoQ interviewed him about the problems that they had maintaining the system and the technical debt that had been build up, why they decided to take a different approach and how they improved team morale.
A growing group of open source project maintainers, including some of the most popular projects on GitHub, have signed an open letter to express their frustration and complaints about what they experience as a feeling of being ignored and being invisible to GitHub’s eyes. InfoQ has spoken with James Kyle, one of the open letter’s initial signees.