GitHub Desktop 1.5 to be Rolled Out

New release includes a lot of features and improvements, based on the users' feedback
15 November 2018   1044

GitHub has updated GitHub Desktop, the desktop application of its service, to version 1.5.

This release includes:

  • the feature to initiate the merging of branches, create and clone repositories through the drop-down menu;
  • automatic search for conflicting merge files;
  • alert on completion of the merge.

In previous versions, the application reported whether a merge conflict would occur. The user had to solve the problem on his own.

In GitHub Desktop 1.5, this process is automated. Now, the application will notify the developer of the presence of conflicting files, list them, run the code editor to fix the problem, and even report when the branches are ready to merge. 

GitHub listened to users' feedback. GitHub Desktop 1.5 will allow you to start a merge through a drop-down menu, and also notify you when the process is complete. Using the repository drop-down list, you can now create or clone repositories.

Full working version of the application GitHub launched in September 2017.

GitHub to Launch Sponrship System

GitHub does not charge fees, and the first year will cover the costs of processing payments
24 May 2019   277

System called GitHub Sponsors is launched to provide financial support for open source projects. The new service provides a new form of participation in the development of projects - if the user does not have the opportunity to help in the development, he or she can join the projects of interest as a sponsor and help through funding specific developers, maintainers, designers, documentation authors, testers and other participants involved in the project.

Using the sponsorship system, any GitHub user can monthly transfer fixed amounts to open source developers who have registered with the service as members willing to receive financial support (the number of participants is limited at the time the service is tested). Sponsored members can define support levels and associated sponsor privileges, such as exceptional bug fixes. The possibility of organizing financing not only individual participants, but also the groups of developers involved in the work on the project is being considered.

Unlike other co-financing sites, GitHub does not charge fees, and the first year will cover the costs of processing payments. In the future, the introduction of fees for processing payments is not excluded. To support the service, a special fund called GitHub Sponsors Matching Fund has been created, which will deal with the distribution of financial flows.