GitLab wants to automatically remove projects from free users that haven’t been touched for a year starting September. With this measure, the DevOps platform aims to reduce hosting costs by 25 percent. Projects of paying users are not affected.
According to sources who the editors of The Register such idle projects account for a quarter of GitLab’s hosting costs and can save the DevOps platform $1 million annually by removing them.
Free users of eligible untouched projects will be notified months and weeks in advance, although The Register was unable to provide concrete deadlines. It will reportedly be possible to reset the one-year timer by commenting on a project or making an adjustment. According to The Register, the measure will take effect from September; an exact date is unknown.