Google Code which has been known as the original Github is going to be shutdown. In a post on the Google Open Source Blog, the main reason for this was spam.
As developers migrated away from Google Code, a growing share of the remaining projects were spam or abuse. Lately, the administrative load has consisted almost exclusively of abuse management. After profiling non-abusive activity on Google Code, it has become clear to us that the service simply isn’t needed anymore.
While it is true that Google Code has been losing a large amount of its users to other services such as Github this move comes as an early “spring cleaning” where Google has been known to kill off some of their side projects to refocus their attention to the companies main areas which are typically Android, Adsense, and Search.
For those of you who are using Google Code and are wanting to migrate your projects to Github, Google has created a tool that will automate the process by creating a directory for each of your projects. If you are looking to use this tool check it out here.
Why Google Code?
Google Code has always had a love-hate relationship with developers there is a lot of spam and abuse on the service that you simply don’t find with something such as Github, and the user interface is not as clean as Github. That being said it is something that hosts some of the oldest of projects and has been around since 2006 making it one of the largest directories of open source projects. This move though is probably for the better, as Github allows more contributions from people who are not directly a part of the core and it allows anyone to start an issue or warning which in turn will aid Google or any company on the platform.