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GitHub is a software repository powered by Git. Does not seem to have any site issues, often 24 hours uptime (see site status). Looks pretty sunny at the moment, but when disaster strikes it would be a problem archiving the private repositories.
As of 16th November 2011: 1,122,240 people hosting over 3,197,699 git repositories. 523785 public repositories are forks, which greatly reduces the amount of data required to archive it.
"git clone" is the simplest one. However, it does not get some project data that is not stored in git, including issue reports, comments, pull requests.
github-backup runs in a git repository and chases down that information, committing it to a "github" branch. It also chases down the forks and efficiently downloads them as well.
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