# FAQ### Why no public repositories for students and individual employees?Published links become invalid once your account is deleted at the end of your university affiliation. For public repositories a university facility should take responsibility as long as the project is to be publicly available.### Is this CIP GitLab the right choice for non-university projects?No, most of GitLab's functionality like issues, merge-requests, etc. are only available to university members. External accounts are only created for good reasons. That might be something like extensive collaboration at a university related project, not just simple bug reports or merge-requests.### What about backups?Yes, there are daily backups. Git repositories can easily be restored, however, GitLab's backup does not offer restoration of individual projects incl. its issues, merge-requests (see [here](https://gitlab.com/gitlab-org/gitlab-ce/issues/2397)).
### What is the available storage space?All users in the GitLab have 1 GB of disk space by default. The size of your repositories can be checked on the repository overview page respectively. Build artifacts are not taken into account.Should you use more than the allowed maximum, you will receive an E-Mail with a notice to reduce your disk usage.Please keep in mind the way Git works. It is not sufficient to simply delete files from your checkout and create a new commit since all deleted files will still be kept in the history.To remove unwanted files from the history you might want to look into `git rebase` or `git filter-branch`. Of course it's always possible to delete your entire project and create a new one with all your files to keep.If it happens that you need more disk space but you have good reasons (e.g. Linux Kernel, thesis, etc.), we can provide you with more disk space. Please write us an e-mail in that case.
### Continuous Integration?We maintain a shared runner for all of our users. Be mindful of reasonable resource usage. You can also integrate your own runners.### Problems?[firstname.lastname@example.org](mailto:email@example.com)