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GitHub sometimes acts also as a social network for coders. It has different features that allow users to follow or star their favorite projects. The user's account page is like a Facebook wall with projects, pull requests, forks, pushes and merges all displayed. The main dashboard after logging in also displays news from followed developers or projects. See More
GitHub is the largest host in the world for open source projects. Developers from all over the world fork and work on countless projects hoset on it. For this, GitHub has some excellent features that help both new and experienced devs to find and commit to open source projects of any kind. See More
Due to the fact that it's proprietary and that many external services integrate only with GitHub, it's becoming harder and harder to migrate a project away from it. That will be a big issue the day the company will make controversial choices (like SourceForge) See More
GitHub has added another layer of security to their user accounts. This layer comes in the form of Two-Factor authentication. After it's enabled, GitHub delivers an authentication code by SMS, or by a free application for smartphones. After two-factor authentication is enabled, the authentication code is sent to the account owner's phone any time someone attempts to sign into their GitHub account. This means that only someone who has both the password and authentication code can sign into the account. See More
GitHub has in the past removed content from their site that is not breaking their TOS. Examples such as the E Plus Equality project as well as the operation disrespectful nod repository have been removed despite not breaking any site rules and appear to have been done out of employee distaste. Considering the amount of content allowed on the site that is full of rude or vulgar humor, to single out these projects for removal shows employee politics and agendas take the front seat over an open and tolerant environment. Which is quite contradictory to open source ideals. See More
GitHub is the largest code host on the planet with over 21.4 million hosted repositories and many users. It's unarguably the largest VCS used by developers worldwide and as such, it has a vibrant community that follows it resulting in many guides and tutorials for new users. Even experienced developers can always find an answer to any question they may have. See More
GitHub's UI is clean and intuitive. Each view is designed to not fill the screen with useless information. For example, the repository view displays only the most crucial data about that repo - on the top it displays the number of commits, branches, releases and contributors. When clicked, each of them will take the user to a page that displays more detailed information. See More
BitBucket is developed and maintained by Atlassian, which is not an unknown venture, especially for developers. Atlassian has a great number of other products used by million of users worldwide, including JIRA, HipChat, Confluence and Stash. All of them loved by the notoriously picky developer community, which means that Atlassian has gained a great deal of goodwill from their users. See More
Other project hosts such as GitHub, BitBucket or GitLab have easy, simplistic UIs that help new and experienced developers alike to browse code right through the browser. LaunchPad on the other hand is very weak at this. Most of the projects have poor (if any) documentation and no way to determine a project's worth easily. The fastest way to do so with LaunchPad would be to download the project and look through the code manually, which is quite tiresome. See More
Launchpad makes it easy to translate free open source projects into virtually any language in the world. Users are allowed to start working on translating any project they want just by having a Launchpad account and a web browser. Most of the time they don't have to even join a team to start working and the editor is web based, so there is no need for any special software. See More
Launchpad is built to be used for open source projects, as such it needs a powerful bug trackers to allow developers who want to contribute to jump right in. Launchpad displays bug statistics (total number of bugs, number of bugs fixed etc...) as well. Bugs can be searched and displayed from every project hosted on Launchpad or for single projects. See More
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