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What Travis CI New Billing Means for OSS

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What Travis CI New Billing Means for OSS

Recently, when I was checking my Travis CI build statuses, I found out that they are transferring their services to travis-ci.com from travis-ci.org. I looked more into it, and it turns out there is a plan to change the billing system.

What are they doing?

For OSS repositories, you are given a 10K credit allotment which is around 1k Linux build minutes. Once that is up, they are hoping that you will consider on of their payed plans. But, for OSS projects, you can also submit a request to get more credits for your project.

But why?

They are doing this because they have seen increased abuse of the platform which increases the queue time for users that use it well.

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Codemonkey51

Hi. I think I read somewhere that people think it isn't abuse, it's that after the acquisition (they got bought by a company), that that company changed them more towards enterprise and less towards oss. But great overview!

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shadowtime2000 Author

Sorry, I am a little confused by what you mean by

that people think it isn't abuse

When I was talking about abuse, I was talking about how they are doing this model because people are taking advantage of the CI services to do stuff like cryptocurrency mining.

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Codemonkey51

Oh, I meant that some people think that it wasn't mainly that (that made them switch the pricing model), but that they wanted more profit.

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shadowtime2000 Author

Ah, that makes sense now. Yeah, thats probably true. I think its kind of sad you have to request more credits if your an OSS project, because tbh I think some of my OSS projects aren't that "good" to qualify.

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Codemonkey51

I never really used Travis, but github actions could help you. You get 2k action minutes per month (mac has a x10 multiplier, and windows a x2), but those only count for private repos. So you basically get infinite CI time on public repo's

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Codemonkey51

@shadowtime2000
(Read above comment before this)

If you are switching from Travis to GitHub actions you should read this

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shadowtime2000 Author

Github actions are pretty cool, but when you have a somewhat large or complex OSS project I would create a GH organization, which has limited CI time, but I really don't use that much :). I really like the flexibility and the pluggability of GH actions, but my coverage service, Coveralls, I believe requires some hacks for any CI other than Travis. Thanks for the docs link, I think I will look into it.

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Codemonkey51

Your welcome!

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Gerard Klijs

I did notice the queue time increase. Time will tell, as long as it's writing it's fine. Might look for alternatives some day.

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Yeah, I noticed for some of my projects it took roughly 1 - 2 hours for the build to start.