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I was looking at google trends for bitbucket and github, and it seems bitbucket leads github in Romania, Bulgaria, and Latvia. Why is this so? Are there any historical reasons for this?


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bitbucket is for Mercurial while github is for Git; so i wonder if its because Hg was better marketed there? –  Dan D. Mar 22 '11 at 0:49
To the extent that open source does "marketing", it's very rarely country-specific. –  Greg Hewgill Mar 22 '11 at 1:04
I for one like Hg much more as it operates great on Windows (central repo server). Git works better on Linux systems. Tried it on Windows, but it is/was a pain to get a central repo server working (with multiple repos). Also a reason why I use bitbucket now and not github. –  Jan_V Mar 22 '11 at 6:52
@Greg Hewgill, there is certainly some form of "marketing". I've heard a lot of anti-git FUD stuff specifically from the easern europeans, as well as a lot of the Mercurial praise. –  SK-logic Mar 22 '11 at 10:47
Looking at those stats myself, the real question seems to be why Mercurial is unpopular in the US, because other countries seem to appear roughly the same for both lists. –  romkyns Oct 2 '12 at 9:38

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This is a well educated guess, but still a guess.

This has a lot to do with Mercurial's close ties to the Linux development community. Originally, Mercurial was a direct competitor to Git for the position of being the DVCS that the kernel used. Git won, but Mercurial did gain quite a following.

Some of the biggest champions of HG were sub system maintainers or contributors who happened to live in Eastern Europe. It's been a while and I don't remember exactly who they were, additionally anyone who reads every single message that comes across the kernel development mailing list is either insane, Linus or both.

Anyway, through blogs, conferences & talks, cult followings and the occasional stalker, Mercurial developed quite a following there. Bit Bucket was one of the first services that catered to Mercurial users that actually showed promise of remaining stable, so naturally it became popular.

But, you're not just looking at the popularity of Bit Bucket, you're also looking at one of the first major endorsers of Mercurial. Incidentally, there are still some HG repositories found on

"is either insane, Linus or both." nice .. –  Muhammad Alkarouri Dec 11 '12 at 8:44

I had the same question for similar situations when I was living in a small country (Greece). You never know what happened exactly, it is many times circumstantial.

When the market is smaller, it is easier for something to propagate some times, get traction become de-facto and that's it. Imaginary example, a small country with only two pure technical blogs. For some reason both bloggers liked bitbucket. After that people that needed such a service created an account there. Now everyone else had to use it. I have seen something like that many times over.


The reason in my opinion is that bitbucket provides free private repository that are enough for many projects.

If you consider that salaries in East Europe are 1/4th of salaries from US/West Europe $7/month on github makes some psychological barrier...

If minimal entry on github for private repositories went to 28$ you would see more interest to bitbucket even in US ...

Makes perfect sense, and would explain the divergence much better than marketing or similar effects. –  Wilbert Oct 29 '13 at 13:12

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