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GitLab Core vs GitHub Free

GitHub License Gaps

GitHub Free offers Unlimited….but still Limited! GitHub Free is not completely Free GitHub Free has no deployment flexibility
GitLab Core & GitHub Free offers UNLIMITED PRIVATE and PUBLIC Repos, however, a subset of GitHub
free features are LIMITED to Public Repositories only
GitHub Free limits outbound data transfers to 1 GB/month for software package registries. Anything over this requires a
Data Transfer Fee

Local or third party data transfer clients outside of GitHub Actions. Data transfer within GitHub Actions is unlimited.
GitHub Free does not offer a Self Managed/Hosted option
(GitHub Enterprise Required)

GitLab offers a Self Managed option starting in GitLab Core

Questions and Risk (Private Repositories) When Considering GitHub Free

Increased Integration and Deployment Risk Increased Security Risk Increased Operational Cost
Multiple Pull Request Assignees

Who is accountable for approving the code merge/pull request?
Security Advisories


How do I confidentially collaborate with my team on security vulnerabilities?
Multiple Issue Assignee

Who is working on issues?
Who has completed their contributions to an issue?
Automatic Code Review Assignment


How do I have multiple people review the code?
Required Reviews


What if a collaborator makes a change that introduces a security vulnerability?
Code Owners

Who approves the code?

Who do I ask questions about the code?

GitLab Starter/Bronze vs GitHub Team

GitHub License Gaps

GitHub Team is basically GitHub Free GitHub Team Only offers Repository Level Analytics GitHub Team has no deployment flexibility GitHub Team has hidden Cost

GitHub Team does not provide access to many features greater that GitHub Free, but the same features turned on for
Private Repositories.
GitHub Team provide Repository level Analytics (Insights). Organization level Analytics
(Insights) requires the GitHub One License and can only interact with a server running an GitHub Enterprise instance

GitLab Starter/Bronze offers Value Stream Analytics and Code Review Analytics to improve the velocity of a software delivery.
GitHub Team does not offer a Self Managed/Hosted option (GitHub Enterprise Required).

GitLab offers a Self Managed option starting in GitLab Core
GitHub Free limits outbound data transfers to 10 GB/month for software package registries. Anything over this requires a
Data Transfer Fee.

Local or third party data transfer clients outside of GitHub Actions. Data transfer within GitHub Actions is unlimited.

Questions and Risk When Considering GitHub Team

Increased Integration and Deployment Risk Increased Operational Cost Breaks in the Collaborative Flow
Push Rules

Can I prevent code from being added to my code repository based on the codes content or file details?
Available in GitHub Enterprise
Next Business Day Support


Will I get a response to my support question within 24 hours?
Issue Weights

Can I easily priorities issues by assigning a value to it that indicates the expected time it will take and the complexity of it?
Block Secret File Push

Can I protect secret files such as credential files and SSH private keys by preventing them from being pushed to a repository?
Code Review Analytics

Can I identity unique challenges we face in the code review process and address them to accelerate the development lifecycle?
Related Issues

Can I tag issues as being related to each other and view them at the same time?

GitLab Premium/Silver vs GitHub Enterprise

GitHub License Gaps

GitHub Enterprise lacks Enterprise Readiness GitHub Enterprise Analytics requires a License Upgrade GitHub Enterprise has hidden Cost
GitHub Enterprise lacks a mature CI/CD solution; they limit a customers ability to develop a
customized integration and deployment strategy which results in lesser control and increased risk.
GitHub Enterprise provides Organization level Analytics (Insights) on a separate self-managed server and requires the GitHub One License. GitHub Free limits outbound data transfers to 100 GB/month for software package registries. Anything over this requires a
Data Transfer Fee.
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Local or third party data transfer clients outside of GitHub Actions. Data transfer within GitHub Actions is unlimited.

Questions and Risk When Considering Enterprise

Increased Integration and Deployment Risk Increased Operational Cost Reduced Control
Feature Flags

Can I separate feature delivery from customer launches natively within my DevOps Toolchain without requiring a 3rd party tool?
Deploy Boards


Can I view the status of my application changes being deployed to Kubernetes clusters natively within my DevOps UI without requiring a 3rd party tool?
Merge Request Dependencies

Can I determine the order of my code changes; triggering a changes only after a specific change has already been integrated?
Canary Deployments

Can I roll out application changes to a small group of users, measure the impact and quickly fix any issues before rolling out the changes to a larger group?
Service Desk

Can my team connect with a external party directly within my DevOps UI without requiring a 3rd party tool?
Merge Trains

Can I submit a list of code changes knowing that any previously integrated changes in the list will automatically be included in code change actively being integrated?