Four short links: 4 October 2011

Singaporean Incubator, Oracle NoSQL, Should Facebook have a Browser?, and GitHub has Competition

  1. — Singaporean version of TechStars, with 100-day program (“the bootcamp”) Jan-Apr 2012. Startups from anywhere in the world can apply, and will want to because Singapore is the gateway to Asia. They’ll also have mentors from around the world.
  2. Oracle NoSQLdb — Oracle want to sell you a distributed key-value store. It’s called “Oracle NoSQL” (as opposed to PostgreSQL, which is SQL No-Oracle). (via Edd Dumbill)
  3. Facebook Browser — interesting thoughts about why the browser might be a good play for Facebook. I’m not so sure: browsers don’t lend themselves to small teams, and search advertising doesn’t feel like a good fit with Facebook’s existing work. Still, making me grumpy again to see browsers become weapons again.
  4. Bitbucket — a competitor to Github, from the folks behind the widely-respected Jira and Confluence tools. I’m a little puzzled, to be honest: Github doesn’t seem to have weak spots (the way, for example, that Sourceforge did).
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  • Bitbucket supports mercurial and offers free private repositories, which is the weak spot of github for me.

  • Johan

    Up until to today Bitbucket focused only on Mercurial, while Github is strictly Git. But now Bitbucket is offering Git as well. Also, Bitbucket offers unlimited private repositories for free. Github is only free for public repositories.

    For small time developers with a lot of private projects, Bitbucket rules :)

  • Why don’t you consider Google Chrome also a weapon then?

  • @Hristo/@Johan: the free private repositories might be a lure, but Mercurial feels like a niche rather than a huge new market waiting to be tapped. Ultimately, though, it feels like they’re competing with Github on features rather than on quality or fundamentals.

    @Wim: I do! I’m not comfortable with Google’s interest in both sides of the HTTP stream. I like Chrome more than Firefox technically, but I maintain a healthy skepticism of Chrome’s long-term respect for the user (Google’s interests will always win over those of the user in a project owned and run by Google).