I felt the same way as a lot of FCC users when I got to the Git section of Back End Development. I clicked on the cloud9.io and during sign-up, “we need your credit card info…it’s for your security!” Yeah B** S*** it is! I think I’ll keep that for myself!
Anyways, I just ended up using my own PC environment to complete the challenge. I am glad I did. I think the real “meat” of the challenge was to get through the git-it program. This required npm (I already had that installed), a github account (I already had it), git (already had it). I am guessing it required NodeJS and I recently installed 8.7 on my PC.
Result: Success. Through the Ubuntu BASH terminal all the challenges were pretty easy, and I had the added bonus of being able to practice adding Git repositories on my own computer and practicing CLI in BASH.
I’d be happy to share with anyone how to install NodeJS on Ubuntu if necessary. It was very tricky on my PC.
Also, I did not have to give my credit card info… That just left me feeling too uneasy. As an alternative I could have linked my GitHub account but I also don’t like Cloud9’s permission policies. I am glad I did what I did.