The all-seeing, all-knowing behemoth that is Microsoft just threw cash at Github to buy it for $7.5 billion. Although that may make you go “Gadzooks!”, Microsoft also has a firm strategy, saying they’re all about open-source. Since then, memes have been flying around about people leaving Github for its competitors, much to Microsoft’s dismay. They’ve released a blog detailing their plans on what they plan on doing with Github. From that post:
“First, we will empower developers at every stage of the development lifecycle – from ideation to collaboration to deployment to the cloud. Going forward, GitHub will remain an open platform, which any developer can plug into and extend. Developers will continue to be able to use the programming languages, tools and operating systems of their choice for their projects – and will still be able to deploy their code on any cloud and any device.
Second, we will accelerate enterprise developers’ use of GitHub, with our direct sales and partner channels and access to Microsoft’s global cloud infrastructure and services.
Finally, we will bring Microsoft’s developer tools and services to new audiences.”
Since developers from around the globe are concerned about the direction Github will go, Microsoft’s news post about the actual purchase has some details:
“GitHub will retain its developer-first ethos and will operate independently to provide an open platform for all developers in all industries. Developers will continue to be able to use the programming languages, tools and operating systems of their choice for their projects — and will still be able to deploy their code to any operating system, any cloud and any device.”
I’m not gonna lie, I used to use Github for some video game projects I was doing. While it was quite minor, I honestly would have chosen a different repository provider if I knew Github was owned by Microsoft. It just feels… dirty. Massive corporations and open-source never feel like they go together. Open-source is what it is so that there can be more independent projects and creators. A corporation comes in and just looks at the money left on the table, and wants to exploit any revenue stream that could be possible. This is all conjecture and assumptions, but it still leaves some concern for this recent purchase.
What do you geeks think? Do you use Github? Does Microsoft’s purchase affect how you’ll use it? Tell us in the comments!