Yesterday, GitHub commenced its popular product conference GitHub Universe 2019 in San Francisco. The two-day annual conference celebrates the contribution of GitHub’s 40+ million developers and their contributions to the open source community. Day 1 of the conference had many interesting announcements like GitHub for mobile, GitHub Archive Program, and more.
Let’s look at some of the major announcements at the GitHub Universe 2019 conference.
GitHub for mobile iOS (beta)
Github for mobile is a beta app that aims to give users the flexibility to work and interact with the team, anywhere they want. This will enable users to share feedback on a design discussion or review codes in a non-complex development environment. This native app will adapt to any screen size and will also work in dark mode based on the device preference. Currently available only on iOS, the GitHub team has said that it will soon come up with the Android version of it.
I’m loving the new Github mobile app. This was long waited app and the wait was worth it. Wonderful job from the @github team. @natfriedman thanks for pushing the great team you have towards this!!#github #GitHubUniverse #opensource
— Italo Vietro (@italolelis) November 14, 2019
— Yash Sharma (@YashSharma___) November 14, 2019
GitHub Archive Program
“Our world is powered by open source software. It’s a hidden cornerstone of our civilization and the shared heritage of all humanity. The mission of the GitHub Archive Program is to preserve it for generations to come,” states the official GitHub blog.
GitHub has partnered with the Stanford Libraries, the Long Now Foundation, the Internet Archive, the Software Heritage Foundation, Piql, Microsoft Research, and the Bodleian Library to preserve all the available open source code in the world. It will safeguard all the data by storing multiple copies across various data formats and locations. This includes a “very-long-term archive” called the GitHub Arctic Code Vault which is designed to last at least 1,000 years.
— Vithal Reddy ✈ (@vithalreddy) November 14, 2019
This is just amazing
— George Drak (@sonicbw) November 13, 2019
Automating workflows from code to cloud
General availability of GitHub Actions
Last year, at the GitHub Universe conference, GitHub Actions was announced in beta. This year, GitHub has made it generally available to all the users. In the past year, GitHub Actions has received contributions from the developers of AWS, Google, and others. Actions has now developed as a new standard for building and sharing automation for software development, including a CI/CD solution and native package management.GitHub has also announced the free use of self-hosted runners and artifact caching.
— Piotr Kumorek (@qmixi) November 12, 2019
— Stephen Bussard (@inversemetric) November 13, 2019
General availability of GitHub Packages
In May this year, GitHub had announced the beta version of the GitHub Package Registry as its new package management service. Later in September, after gathering community feedback, GitHub announced that the service has proxy support for the primary npm registry.
Since its launch, GitHub Package has received over 30,000 unique packages that served the needs of over 10,000 organizations. Now, at the GitHub Universe 2019, the GitHub team has announced the general availability of GitHub Packages and also informed that they have added support for using the GitHub Actions token.
— Chris Ayers @ Github Universe (@Chris_L_Ayers) November 13, 2019
These were some of the major announcements at day 1 of the GitHub Universe 2019 conference, head over to GitHub’s blog for more details of the event.
Tech workers protests against GitHub’s ICE contract
Major product announcements aside, one thing that garnered a lot of attention at the GitHub Universe conference was the protest conducted by the GitHub workers along with the Tech Workers Coalition to oppose GitHub’s $200,000 contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Many high-profile speakers have dropped out of the GitHub Universe 2019 conference and at least five GitHub employees have resigned from GitHub due to its support for ICE.
Super sad to say this, because I have always been a big fan of @github.
I was supposed to speak their Universe Roadshow in London next week.
Given their position with ICE I don't feel comfortable promoting them, so I have just dropped out.
— Lily Dart (@lily_dart) November 12, 2019
Yesterday at the event, the protesting tech workers brought a giant cage to symbolize how ICE uses them to detain migrant children.
— githubbers (@githubbers) November 13, 2019
Tech workers around the world have extended their support to the protest against GitHub.
GitHub workers protesting their company's ICE contract just brought a giant ICE cage to GitHub Universe in SF, GitHub's major annual conference.
Standing with all tech workers who protest their company's tyrannical work. If you build software for ICE, you stand w/ICE. https://t.co/A9VqkiNF3T
— Mijente (@ConMijente) November 13, 2019
I mean Universe sounds fun but the only GitHub Actions I’m interested in right now are what actions they’re taking to cancel the ICE contract.
— Coraline Ada Ehmke (@CoralineAda) November 13, 2019
I like how the biggest news today in re Github Universe is the ICE protest and Alice resigning. I'm seeing more and more people changing their github avatars to tell GH to Drop ICE, as well. Keep it up, frens!
— Kat Marchán (@maybekatz) November 13, 2019