It is true, barring any legal challenges to the purchase, Microsoft will soon own GitHub, everyone’s favourite source for open source software projects. This might not come as a complete surprise to those who remember Microsoft working with GitHub to create the Git Virtual File System to scale up the versioning and other features Git offers to be able to handle Enterprise sized storage, including the Windows development. Microsoft's in house solution, CodePlex was shut down recently with all code moving to Git, perhaps not a great sign. There is also the fact that Microsoft has tended in the past to scale support directly with the cost of a license, which is less than encouraging for those who strictly contribute to the open source community on Git.
We shall see what the coming months bring; Ars Technica offers insight into how the leadership at GitHub will change if this deal goes through.
"Microsoft has reached an agreement to buy GitHub, the source repository and collaboration platform, in a deal worth $7.5 billion. The all-stock deal is expected to close by the end of the year, subject to regulatory approval in the US and EU."
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