Gitorious Gets Acquired By GitLab
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 3 March 2015 at 03:22 PM EST. 7 Comments
Gitorious, a once formidable competitor to GitHub in the early days of the Git revision control system for hosting open-source projects, has been acquired by GitLab.

The Gitorious web-based hosting service for Git repositories has been acquired by GitLab in effectively acknowledging that it's a tough battle against GitHub. The Gitorious CEO, Rolf Bjaanes, wrote in the acquisition note, "At Gitorious we saw more and more organizations adopting GitLab. Due to decreased income from on-premises customers, running the free was no longer sustainable. GitLab was solving the same problem that we were, but was solving it better."

GitLab offers an upgrade path for existing Gitorious users to switch over to their repository management / code review / issue tracking / Wiki / CI platform. GitLab also focuses upon its enterprise product, similar to GitHub Enterprise.

The Gitorious acquisition announcement was posted today at
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