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"It is a really great place to store your git repositories"

What do you like best?

The community edition is really great. Today we have a community edition installation at the company I'm working for and it works like a charm.

What do you dislike?

Nothing really. The only point that annoys me currently is their number of updates. The product development is really fast paced and it is really difficult to keep it up to date. It annoys but is really great.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

In case you need to have all your repositories hosted on your own company servers I really recommend you to pick Gitlab. Their services as an online platform are really good and you may use it for free.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We don't want to pay an external service to host all of our internal codes and development for various reasons and Gitlab was the best tool we found to do the job.

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"An excellent self-hosted or SaaS code repository"

What do you like best?

An excellent solution for those who like want private or shared repositories and require a on promises or private cloud installation.

Provides great options for code reviewing and developers interactions on merge requests.

Updates both for new features and fixes are frequent.

Access control is fine grained and authentication may be setup to use an external service like LDAP or CAS.

Provides a nice OAuth authentication so 3rd party apps may be easily integrated.

Active open source community with lots of contributions. This way bugs are fixed really quick and new features come out frequently.

What do you dislike?

The less used features have a few usability gotchas.

The frequent updates may overwhelm your operations team if you have too much bureaucracy in the way.

Since its operation relies on git directories that are on the filesystem, high availability options may be little tricky to setup. More distributed options seem to be in the way for enterprise edition but are not yet available at the time.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Assess the use of gitlab by trying the SaaS version on gitlab.com or by using docker images from: https://hub.docker.com/r/gitlab/gitlab-ce/

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Granting access to developer to almost every project in the company.

Encourage contributions across different teams or developers on internal projects.

Allow 3rd party consultants access only to code bases they need.

Achieved compliance on company intellectual property protection.

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"Excellent strategic vision and execution"

What do you like best?

The built-in features of Auto DevOps have made our experience more rewarding and effective.

What do you dislike?

It's still a monolithic application. This is in the process of being fixed, but I'm often worried a failure in one component will take out the entire system.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you want a holistic solution with a strategy around devops, then this is the solution you need. It provides a lot of native support for devops collaboration. The company also embodies devops and an open and transparent culture. Their company is 100% remote, and almost all of their internal documentation is published publicly so anyone can search it and submit changes back. This includes all of their HR documentation. I highly value the culture of a company when I'm evaluating doing business with someone, and this company ticks all the boxes for a strong culture fit with my company.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This tool is able to streamline our entire development workflow. This allows us to inject standard security and compliance gates, create an audit trail, reduce our toolset, reduce the overhead of managing multiple disparate tools and their integrations, and produce customer value faster.

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"Really good "github like" code repository"

What do you like best?

It is a very feature complete, free and open-source alternative for github.

Gitlab also has no limit for repositories nor users and have on-premisses installation (for community edition).

The features I use most includes markdown readme project page, per project issue tracking, snippets area flexible repository visibility, merge request discussions, automatic acceptance of merge requests including removing source branch among others.

What do you dislike?

The user experience needs some improvements. Sometimes its is not easy (or not so intuitive) to perform very usual for example searching an user by its login.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Be prepared to update it frequently. Gitlab throws new features and fixes very often.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hundreds of private repositories for dozens of users containing all company projects.

Consultants also have an special/restricted access to some projects.

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"Very good service!"

What do you like best?

First off, I love that it's free and is an excellent alternative to GitHub. I like that I can make private repositories for my own personal projects instead of having to publicly share code with a group, which as a newbie can be a bit intimidating. (Especially since I'm from a design background, not entirely coding!) The pricing scale is good and reasonable, for as many users as necessary. I'm currently learning Python and it helps greatly that there a few API clients I can choose from. The "code review" system is very good. I really like the UX/UI of GitLab. It's visually clean, functional and is supported well.

What do you dislike?

Not much, but I had a bit of a hard time shifting from GitHub to GitLab. (I wish they named their product something a bit easier to distinguish, but that's just me.) There were times when the speed of the free version was absolutely ridiculous. When your team needs push and pull requests within a certain time frame and it takes longer than promised, it can be a bit cumbersome for all.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Definitely continue to use GitHub too! They're both great for projects, so discover what you and your team can do with both!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can make as many projects as I'd like with GitLab! The free option has been great for practice projects I work on with my husband, and we can do them infinitely.

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"CICD In a box - for free .... whats not to like?"

What do you like best?

No need to build and maintain a jenkins instance, a spinnaker instance, a k8s cluster, a git repo, an issue tracker, monitoring solution etc etc etc and glue them all together. Its all there in one "yum install gitlab-ce"

What do you dislike?

They are a little obsessed with kubernetes to the detriment of what they could also do in the public / private cloud VM spaces, configuration management etc

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The code is literally traceable from the original issue, through its development, how its tests went and how it is running in production without ever leaving the interface or creating all kinds of integrations between different products

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"Good internal Git server for config management"

What do you like best?

Easily installed and managed. Does everything I need in a git server.

What do you dislike?

Interface isn't always intuitive. Hard to find configuration options, and have to go pretty deep to find what I need to change.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Easy to setup and use. A bit of a pain to administer, but still cheaper than alternatives.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A private git repository we can use with many different projects and different user access. For use with both internal and external users if possible.

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"Great Experience"

What do you like best?

I love the ability to submit uploads fast and create awesome software.

I really like the team ability. The way we can work together and build software quickly is what enables us to generate large amounts of revenue as a company. I think this product should be used by web development companies over a github because of it's features like an easy integration with slack. It's just a great product overall.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the interface sometimes because its too many clicks.

I really dislike the complexity sometimes that makes it hard to use. The interface is sometimes trying to be too fancy and frankly chooses fanciness over functionality which i think is a mistake when you are building a product that is primarily used by web developers.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use this to build and push up custom software. It's a great product.

We could not work without this product. It enables us to work as a team by enabling us to push, pull, and merge our code together on a team. It's a pretty amazing product.

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"Good product"

What do you like best?

Easy, intuitive version control, makes it easy to collaborate with my team on sharing code.

What do you dislike?

I wasn't able to find good documentation for it, so it took me a while to figure out the ins and outs.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I needed to share code with my team and Gitlab provides a good platform for that. It's intuitive, and I can get my work done with just a few commands.

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"Upload your unlimited private projects for free"

What do you like best?

There are few highly popular Git project uploading sites available. But those sites are focused on Open-source projects and for private projects, user need to have paid subscriptions. I was looking for uploading my git repot to any Git project hosting site also was looking for a free service and here comes Gitlab. A user can upload unlimited private Git projects in their account, create teams or organizations and push project to the organization repo as well and all of these are absolutely free. The best thing is, you can do almost everything what you can do in other popular git sites and here you don't need to pay for that.

What do you dislike?

The UI of the Gitlab could be more interactive. Creating Milestone, Label on the fly could be a good UI update. Project Wiki is not a great thing in Gitlab.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Gitlab is a modern Git Hosting Provider that is already used by a great number of developers. If you want to push your git repo to as private repo, and right now not ready to spend money for it, Gitlab is your best option.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are a team of remote developers working in common projects from different countries. We host our code primarily in Gitlab (because its free). Our codes are mainly under our team account and each developers fork the code to update. Our CTO/ Lead developer is responsible for merging or rejecting any pull request.

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"An excellent GitHub alternative for private projects"

What do you like best?

GitLab can be seen as an alternative to GitHub but also, it can be seen as a compliment to GitHub. GitLab provides free private repositories for your projects. So, if you are in need of a private repository, GitLab can be a solution.

GitLab, feature-wise, is also on par with GitHub. It has a wiki that you could set up and use for your whole team. GitLab also features web hooks that you can use to integrate it with other online services your team might be using. Design-wise, GitLab is an excellent looking product with an intuitive interface.

As a bonus, GitLab provides a continuous integration feature that is available for use in your projects.

What do you dislike?

GitLab has its flaws. Its user interface can be confusing at times especially when you are already used to similar services such as GitHub.

The sidebar can sometimes feel obstructing to your work and you might feel you would prefer that the sidebar be placed somewhere else. Maybe follow a GitHub style user interface?

When pushing code, you might be using SSH over HTTPS. The pushing speed is okay but when compared to GitHub, it is slower. Sometimes on other networks, you will not be able to push to your private repository.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

When considering to use GitLab, remember that you might feel a bit alienated by the interface at first but over time, you will get used to it

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Version control systems are important. The tech industry uses it and we are no exception. GitLab provides us with a private repository where we can store our code safely.

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"Good OSS Github alternative"

What do you like best?

With GitLab you have full control over the installation. This may be crucial in closed perimeters where you cannot use hosting like Github Enterprise. I remember the times where the alternatives were Gitosis or Gitolite. Gitlab is a vast improvement.

Also, GitLab offers more stuff, then Github, like out-of-the-box CI, feature rich issue tracker, and, recently, Docker container registry.

What do you dislike?

I cannot recall any major flaws in GitLab. GitLab team is constantly improving it and listens for feedback. As a side effect, GitLab is always on the move and changes frequently (especially UI).

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for a manageable Git hosting consider using GitLab.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use GitLab for my private projects. Also, I use it as a backup for Github (thanks to it's mirroring features).

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"The best solution to store private repositories for free"

What do you like best?

Gitlab presents a lot of interesting features that I found useful:

- Open source

- Create private or public repositories.

- Private repositories for free .

- Easy to install, update and maintain.

- Easy to collaborate with the team and sharing the code.

- Easy to back-up your self-hosted GitLab instance.

- Easy to create merge requests, so code can be easily reviewed and discussed.

What do you dislike?

I can't really find anything that i dislike. Gitlab is fulfilling all my needs as for now. Maybe, the only thing that bothered me was the UI is a little bit complex and hard to understand.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I recommend Gitlab for anyone who wants to create a private projects for free and save your money. It's the best solution for that. More than that it's fast because files can be edited directly on the web UI without downloading the repository.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I currently use Gitlab to build and push up my projects in private repositories. I can work with my team by enabling us to push, pull, and merge our code together on it.

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"Internal source control tool"

What do you like best?

The best thing about gitlab is that it can be hosted on premises and is very easy to setup even for a linux newbie like me. I had it up and running in about an hour or two. It can also import git repositories from other systems making it very easy to migrate to gitlab. The built in diff viewer is also comfortable for making quick code reviews.

What do you dislike?

The biggest disadvantage of gitlab is probably it's speed. It's not slow but it would be nice if it was faster. Also it would be useful if it could import svn repositories too.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I suggest configuring groups before creating any repositories because moving repositories between groups or renaming groups changes repository url.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Gitlab allows us to easily host internal source control without paying a lot.

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"Most complete solution for developer teams"

What do you like best?

Gitlab provides many features for team collaboration

What do you dislike?

despite improvements on performance in recent releases, gitlab sometimes can be slow on basic git tasks like pull from or push to repositories.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Reliable source code repository, code review, team collaboration and issue management

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"Excellent product from the people who love what they do!"

What do you like best?

A lot of features from the box! All you need to manage your source code are in GitLab.

They also have added features for collaboration with colleagues and oh god container Register!

Awesome product!

What do you dislike?

Nothing! Actually nothing! Even if I had a question or problem or feature request the team respond in about a day.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Try the public installation on https://gitlab.com/ and install selfhosted after that.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Git repositories for my personal projects.

Git repository and issue tracker for medium company.

It solves a lot of tasks!

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"I host my code with GitLab.com and have in the past run CE on private servers."

What do you like best?

I love that, in addition to being a free version control hosting option, they're a free and open source software community. I also love that gitlab.com offers unlimited free private repositories and SSL for gitlab pages.

What do you dislike?

I've found setup for self-hosted instances to be a little bit difficult and overly complex. Other than that, I don't have a whole lot of issues with Gitlab.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

With Github's recent pricing changes for private repositories, the time to try gitlab has never been better. They tend to be really responsive to user requests, in part because it's open source software.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm using it to host both public and private code for personal and professional code. It's allowed me to store code securely and easily without needing to worry about either the cost or the details/hosting.

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"More Features Than GitHub, Yet Completely Free"

What do you like best?

GitLab is an entire suite-- what started out as a Git project website has turned into a full CI/CD and source management platform. By having everything in one place, you can not only push your source code, but test it, manage bugs and documentation, and test and deploy it with a CI/CD pipeline.

The best part is, it's open source so you can run it on your own servers, or you can use the GitLab.com service completely free for private repositories.

What do you dislike?

The interface has become a little cluttered. Unlike GitHub, which is quite simplistic and well designed, GitLab can be kind of confusing to navigate. Add that to the fact that they change the UI every once in a while, and for newcomers it can be quite daunting.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Source code management historically has either been expensive (GitHub) or lacking in features (BitBucket). GitLab has solved this, not only with its own platform, but by introducing competition that has forced GitHub to change their pricing to better compete.

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"Excellent on premises GIT server"

What do you like best?

It has a very modern interface, similar to GitHub. Installation is also very easy, and can setup with Active Directory.

What do you dislike?

I had issues integrating with Active directory when we were bought out.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Needed a place to store projects throughout our company, I knew we wanted a GIT server that was easy to use and setup, this helped fill that gap.

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"Robust enterprise ALM system"

What do you like best?

* Easy to setup using Docker - single docker-compose configuration file, run it and you're done.

* Single-sign-on Integration with LDAP providers such as Active Directory (an enterprise feature available even in the Community Edition!)

* It's no-nonsense continuous integration -- conceptually rock-solid with CI definitions maintained as part of the project's codebase; Multiplatform drop-in single-file CI runners\agents;

* Integration with a number of enterprise applications, notably Slack (and Mattermost) chat servers.

* Version updates religiously released on the 22nd of every month.

* Sensible issue tracking with optional Kanban boards.

What do you dislike?

It is really hard for me to dislike anything about GitLab, especially as I am coming from a place where Microsoft TFS has traditionally been the choice for ALM.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our team is developing a microservices platform for developing containerized composite applications. GitLab's open-source distributed asynchronous programming model fits perfectly with the our development workflows.

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"The best way of having VCS on your Company"

What do you like best?

GitLab makes it easy to create a private platform for manage your company projects and have a lot of features present on public Version Control Sites like GitHub and Bitbucket - Wiki, Issues, Team Management.

What do you dislike?

GitLab is kind of hard to integrate with Soucetree, and you can simply access to your company repositories directly from the app.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With GitLab, we are trying to simplify the access to projects for users using macOS or Windows platforms, and provide a simpler way of practicing Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment.

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"The best Git server solution around"

What do you like best?

GitLab has done an amazing job of building an all-inclusive version control system that integrates many of the tools that we use with Git like CI and chat.

What do you dislike?

The UI for GitLab's web application isn't super great. Navigation is a little odd and it's hard to get to things like starting a new repository.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a Git server to host all of the code we write for clients. GitLab has offered limitless platform for hosting that code as well as a CI platform for ensuring the highest quality of our projects.

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"I recently made the switch from GitHub to GitLab - couldn't be happier"

What do you like best?

GitLab is great because of their focus on development teams, rather than individual developers. I was originally using GitHub, which is great for personal projects and small code repositories, but it wasn't quite working for the needs of my business. GitLab has great features that made working with a team much more appealing: free private repositories, self-hosted GitLab management, and team management. GitLab also has an awesome activity report that shows very detailed information about exactly what each team member has been doing. This comes in handy when something goes wrong and we need some transparency and accountability.

What do you dislike?

When I was first researching GitLab and creating my account, the user interface of the site seemed a little bit confusing. It took me a while to figure out the difference from their remote and locally hosted services. It was also a bit confusing figuring out how to create and properly manage my team.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Setting up your repository and team management takes a bit of time, but once it's all set up, the workflow is so nice and smooth.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

GitLab is great for enterprise level repository management. They allow you to create different teams, manage permissions, and create private repositories all with their free plan. I recently used GitLab to integrate version control and a staging environment into my development process where I work.

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"The greatness of gitlab"

What do you like best?

I like how easy it is to contribute to a project. I can do many features in browser without having to use the command line. Merge requests are very simple and I like the email updates when a pipeline succeeds/fails.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes my pipelines will fail for no apparent reason, it might be a server timeout of some sort but I am never told why. I also dislike how slow gitlab can be at times.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Currently using it while working on a distributed team. It is very easy to understand and having roles makes it more organized. Albeit, it doesn't tell me I'm not allowed to make merge requests unless I'm admin; I had to search for user privileges.

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"The best online git experience I have had."

What do you like best?

The available suite of tools is extraordinary. Though github has taken all the hype, the fact that I can host any type of repository free of charge is absolutely fantastic. GitLab leaves nothing to be desired and is the only place I now use for online repo.

What do you dislike?

The user interface and management can be a little clunky in certain areas. For example, the way the sidebar changes on context makes it hard to know where I am. I would like to see some polish in this area.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I was hired as a contractor to evaluate the current cost climate and flexibility of repository services. Because they offer additional services including on-premise services, gitlab allows you to grow in any direction you need. This has been by far the best transition I have made for myself, and it was the choice made by the company that hired me to evaluate current offerings. I can't recommend it enough.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being an independent developer, cost and accessibility are huge issues for me. being able to share a project with a customer and allow them to participate in the wiki and the development process has changed the way I do business. It also allows me to collaborate with colleagues on a per project basis very easily when I need extra help. It has solved my cost issues for my needs by being free.

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"Solid Source Control, with some odd quirks"

What do you like best?

The Community (free) version is surprisingly full featured. It's fairly easy to install the software, and configure new groups and projects.

It also integrates well with automated build and deploy tools like Jenkins and Maven.

What do you dislike?

Getting LDAP authentication with Active Directory was somewhat painful. I also was never able to get the hook into our JIRA defect management system working properly. The documentation on this was incorrect and out of date.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We wanted to get away from using Subversion, and modernize our source control system with something that integrates better with automated build and deploy products.

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"Awesome product"

What do you like best?

I like Gitlab CI, continous integration that comes out of the box with Gitlab. It has runners for docker meaning you can test and build virtually any codebase just by setting up a gitlab configuration.

What do you dislike?

Nothing comes to mind immediately. Plus, it's an opensource project, anything I find that I dislike can be a PR.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Gitlab is really cost effective for teams, compared to competitors like Github. Github charges a monthly fee per user for private organisations. With gitlab on the other hand, all you need to do is deploy an instance and you have as many developers as your infrastructure can allow.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Gitlab has helped us adopt continous integration practices and deliver features faster.

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"The best free git repository manager I've found"

What do you like best?

Interface is extremely intuitive and setup is dead-easy. It isn't resource intensive, meaning I can run this on an old linux-rooted chromebook as a secure physical repository for some of my personal experiments. Unlike some other products, administration has been minimal since I've set this up. Git is cleanly exposed, meaning I can hook up other git clients to communicate well with gitlab. Also has a quick and easy zip and download feature for repositories.

Has a great issue tracker.

What do you dislike?

The interface could be simplified. I like to see the file structure of a repository when browsing into it, as well as the README.md below the file structure. Instead gitlab tends to show the readme if available, and you manually have to browse to the file structure if you wish to see it.

Wish gitlab had an issue tracker app, so I could use gitlab to track enhancements and defects for specific project using an easy-to-use dedicated app.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Set it up and give it a try. It's the best free option I could find.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Git repository manager that's accessible through a website, free, but can be hooked up to any git clients to manage and maintain git repositories.

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"Gitlab review"

What do you like best?

The ability to have private projects enabled, with the free service.

What do you dislike?

Some times can be very unstable do to the amount of traffic their servers handle.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Take the time to compare it to Github and see which of both has the features that your project requires. Both of them are great!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Personal projects.

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"A great free solution for hosting git repositories"

What do you like best?

I like that you get included access to Gitlab CI and pipelines which allows you to run continuous integration and continuous delivery in one simple configuration file.

I also like that you can host unlimited amount of repositories for free privately. This is better than hosting with Github.

What do you dislike?

They have recently experienced quite a bit of downtime, and also the web app can be quite slow at times.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Try using it on a few projects first, see how it fits into your workflow and take advantage of the pipelines features.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving the issue of being able to host our git repositories. It allows us store our repositories privately for free.

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