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."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Dolby Looking To Monopolize Consumer Audio By Restricting Its Codec @ Slashdot
- Facebook gave Apple, Microsoft and, er, BlackBerry 'deep access' to user data @ The Inquirer
- Smart bulbs turn dumb: Lights out for Philips as Hue API goes dark @ The Register
- Linus Torvalds doesn't release Linux kernel 5.0 (yet) @ The Inquirer
- Whois? Whowas. So what's next for ICANN and its vast database of domain-name owners? @ The Register
- Ubiquiti Networks NanoSwitch (N-SW) Unmanaged Passive 24V Passthrough Switch @ MissingRemote
dont see the reason for doing
dont see the reason for doing this?
“Embrace, extend, and
“Embrace, extend, and extinguish”
If they destroy open-source software, more people will be forced to use Microsoft’s malware
This is not the Microsoft of
This is not the Microsoft of old, past practices are not always a vision of the future. Willing to see what happens. But I will admit there is always a profit margin in the mix even if it’s just to sell more services, indirectly related to the purchase.
GitLab/Others will get more
GitLab/Others will get more business as a result of the loss of GitHub to the imperial forces and there will be plenty of gitting the hell out for some on GitHub as the sounds of blasters echo in the distance. It’s time to run that blockade of Star Destroyers before the dark lords of Redmond get their nefarious hands on any rebel alliance plans stored in those private code repositories!
I use the self-hosted version
I use the self-hosted version of GitLab. Over the last few years it’s gone from being a pretty good platform to a great platform. If you’re concerned about this event I’d highly recommend it.
Hopefully the postmodernist
Hopefully the postmodernist intersectional garbage will disappear from github that has infected it over the last couple of years, as a result of this purchase.