Last year I began working at a new startup - NX Technology.
As a start up with limited funding we’re constantly looking for efficiencies and ways to get the most out of what we already have whether that be in hardware or software.
Whilst previously I’ve set up and self hosted a gitlab instance at NX we needed to get things up and running asap so we decided to use the gitlabs free tier.
At the time of writing the bronze tier comes with unlimited private repositories and 2000 gitlab ci minutes using gitlab’s shared runners.
One of the things I love about this is that once those minutes are up you can either pay for more or use your own runners to process jobs for your projects.
We have an old -nothing special- server which we’ve set up a gitlab runner on that will handle jobs for us along with gitlab’s shared runners and when our free minutes run out all jobs will run through that server.
Since most of the time when you’re pushing code to gitlab your laptop will be on, you can use your development laptop to help out too!Continue reading