Why should one prefer to host gitlab on your own droplet it they have the service already for free on gitlab? What are the advantages?

I am moving outta github, cause i recently visited the gitlab website, and seems to me a perfect saving opportunity, cause right now i have 10 private repos on github, which cost 25 dollars a month.

So now i see a lot of people prefer to have gitlab on their own servers. But why all the trouble, if gitlab has already the service there? Why bother? Could someone explain to me the advantages please. Thanks in advanced.

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