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Microsoft has agreed to acquire development platform GitHub in a deal worth $7.5bn, sending developers scurrying for cover. The Office-maker is chuffed to call itself the most active organisation on GitHub, claiming more than two million commits made to projects. The Seattle software slinger has its origins in development …


  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    haters gonna hate

    All the negative comments have no basis, other than just I hate Microsoft.

    How about actually providing some basis for the negativity.

    How about, because Microsoft support is run by trained monkey's with poor communication skills and sucks every single time I have used it.

    Or because Microsoft cannot even provide decent support for their 2 biggest and most well known products, Xbox and Windows.

    1. Binraider666

      Re: haters gonna hate

      I can't see how anyone can defend them anymore. Planned obsolescence, slurp, mission creep, bloat... Ironically current releases of visual studio are probably Microsofts best efforts but one can not simply ignore the downright criminal history of their organisation. Aardcode is the most famous and likely the tip of the iceberg of malpractice. When ms bought linked in, my details were removed immediately. Git will have the same fate. Regrettable because both can be useful tools. I encourage all to move on. The grass may not be as tall but it is green!

      1. Zakhar

        Re: haters gonna hate

        Good advise, and I am in the process of moving all my repos to GitLab.

    2. Zakhar

      Re: haters gonna hate

      There is a very objective grudge: did they stop charging you for a W$ license on each new PC even if you have zero intention to use this O.S.?

      Well, the day they will stop that racketeering, I'll stop hating.

      That's probably not tomorrow I guess!

    3. Jack of Shadows Silver badge

      Re: haters gonna hate

      When you are working on projects that may, even most likely will. compete with Microsoft's portfolio, it's called risk management to not use their platform(s). I do the same with all the large players.

  2. kraftdinner

    They must be running low on good programmers...

    1. stiine Bronze badge

      ha ha

      That's the funniest thing I've read in a decade.

  3. Herby Silver badge

    All I can say is:

    "There goes the neighborhood".

    There is a certain understanding that data is fungable, and can be moved anywhere.

    As an outsider (I don't have anything on GitHub), it seems to be that somebody has bought all the marbles, and MIGHT not let everyone play without changing the rules.

    We can only hope that the previous owners might start up something new (It could happen, you never know). A couple of billion goes a pretty long way.

  4. rmstock

    Frontal assault on Linus Torvalds and open source "Git (/ɡɪt/[7]) is a version control system for tracking changes in computer files and coordinating work on those files among multiple people. [ ... ] Original author(s) Linus Torvalds[1]"

    GitHub - torvalds/linux: Linux kernel source tree

    GitHub is where people build software. More than 27 million people use GitHub to discover, fork, and contribute to over 80 million projects

    In December 2015 the same happened to the founder of Debian, Ian Murdock. On 28 December 2015 the founder of Debian Linux, Ian Murdock, was killed in his apartment under suspicious circumstances. The next year early spring, on 9 Mar 2016 Linux hackers were kindly summoned to put their coffees down and listen up as Microsoft had just launched a Debian Linux-based switch operating system. The story of Hans Reiser, whose journaled computer file systems ReiserFS has become a integral part of Microsoft NTFS is even more graveling. See also the movie "The Adderall Diaries (2015)"

    1. Zakhar

      Re: Frontal assault on Linus Torvalds and open source

      I can't see the relation between "The Adderall Diaries" and your conspiracy theory. Can you enlighten us?

      1. CRConrad

        Re: "The Adderall Diaries"

        I can't see the relation between "The Adderall Diaries" and your conspiracy theory. Can you enlighten us?
        The Adderall Diaries is a 2015 American crime thriller film written and directed by Pamela Romanowsky, based on a "true-crime memoir" book of the same name by Stephen Elliott. The underlying true crime is the Hans Reiser murder case.
        Does that help?

  5. StevieP

    split between free and paid

    Out of interest, does anyone know what the split is between free and paid users on Github?

  6. razorfishsl

    They are not after github

    They are after all the personal data and interrelations, plus the business info of who they can sell their shit to.

    Then they will gradually leverage thier own personnel into top opensource projects, get control of the direction and use the hundreds of thousands of contributors as slave labour.

    They set the direction .... You do the work.

    Then you can bet there will be the EULA that will be changed over time.

    They made it clear in 2010 they WANT linux or they want it DEAD. that was why they probably funded SCO against IBM

  7. Skymonrie

    Won't someone think of the automatons?

    What is going to happen to tools that automatically pull from GitHub such as npm, composer, etc? Or, are we just pretending this isn't really happening?

    I place myself in the same camp as many other here in clearly stating that, I will be moving away from GitHub (stop Microsoft patent racket and I may reconsider).

  8. Andy Denton

    This industry is insane. People blindly trust their source code to some random startup that could disappear overnight. A company that's known for supporting stuff for years takes over and everyone starts panicking and getting bent out of shape?

    1. Inspector71

      "This industry is insane"

      You only just noticed!

    2. nematoad Silver badge

      "A company that's known for supporting stuff for years..."

      The trouble is that's not all it is known for. Lose trust and you lose everything.

    3. ZeiXi

      The clear difference is the spirit.

  9. steamdesk_ross

    I can see where this is going. Just like Xamarin, within a couple of years the "live" system won't match much of the documentation, every month new feature releases will break your old systems, and you'll need to spend weeks and weeks learning silly little tricks because the implementation of features isn't consistent across the board. Soon the basic Git install will be a 2Gb ISO that includes every version of Java made since 1996.

    Yay! Once again Microsoft raises the wrong bar, and we developers get to charge more and deliver less, more slowly, because the barriers to entry into our profession have gone even higher.

  10. MJI Silver badge

    Just told my C programmer

    And he let out a stream of expletives.

    Not happy at all

    1. Geoffrey W Silver badge

      Re: Just told my C programmer

      What else do you expect from a C programmer? They all live on the edge of their nerves at the best of times. I like to creep up behind one and shout "BUG!" and watch him fall off his chair with his hair on end. Takes the edge off my own day.

  11. bartcee

    Another one bites the dust :-(

    They will "improved" it, like they did with Skype, which I don't use anymore.

  12. Lomax

    Subvert the Borg

    Am I the only one still happily using self-hosted Subversion repos, sometimes even for non-code content?

  13. CPU

    a fool and his money...

    ... are soon parted. Expect a lot of redundancies to make up for this loss.

  14. Geoffrey W Silver badge

    The M$ Hate Porn Fetishists are having a field trip, sitting round the camp fire egging each other on with increasingly horrific and lurid tales of what slurp is absolutely certain to do to our code, not to mention our bottoms. I could write a thesis on the phenomenon and get my Psychology masters. Fascinating Captain.

  15. rmstock

    github licensed ?

    The new EULA of no doubt will ensure that Anyone submitting code to github, has to agree that Microsoft will become the sole owner of your code. Second Linus Torvalds will be visited by the Microsoft Lawyers and forced to sign an agreement that any further use of the github protocol on other venues than like e.g., can only occur when signing the Microsoft owned github protocol license, which comes at a hefty price for Multiuser Microroost Enterprise Environments. Not knowing anything further, i would suggest that Linus has had a massive brain aneurysm.

  16. jimbo60

    Stop assuming such evil intent!

    Wow, everyone is assuming such evil intent on Microsoft's part! That's not the Microsoft way.

    The Microsoft way is:

    - Decide to change the web interfaces every few months, especially rearranging all the menus every time.

    - Decide that git and http aren't the best interfaces. Come out with new mandatory interfaces and APIs and associated client tools.

    - Add significant new capabilities. And introduce lots of bugs. Don't fix the bugs.

    - A year later change the APIs again.

    - Bind all the interfaces to Microsoft single-login services. But don't provide fully functional account management.

    - Change the APIs again.

    - Wonder where everyone went.

    - Decide the level of interest no longer warrants focus on that business. Cancel it.

    No evil intent necessary.

  17. jamesgartland


    It's just another ploy to pull more users into Azure. GitHub will become tightly integrated with Azure for business accounts with the use of dev ops tools and the likes.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Azure

      Your words amaze me, Mystic Meg, what else do you see in your crystal balls?

  18. roeltz

    Just when I was getting cozy with Atom...

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    One more reason...

    to outlaw mergers and acquisitions.

    1. dbtx Bronze badge

      Re: One more reason...

      damn, if only it was all that simple. I might agree, if I felt like screaming about Google acquiring Android Inc. and unleashing that mess upon the masses, but w/e...


  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    As a customer of Microsoft since MS-DOS days, I’ve lived with their take-it-or-leave-it business model. It finally came to a head when I had to attempt walking my child through getting Windows Vista to connect to the internet, all the while talking over an expensive international phone call. That marks the end of Microsoft computers in my family. And the beginning of using computers as a tool. Nine MacBooks later, requests for help with a Mac is still unheard of. They just work.

    Now that they took over Github, will their corporate arrogance be in full conflict with the essence of Github?

  21. Nano nano

    GitHub down - any connection ?

    Just saying ....

  22. jimbo60

    Gotta love twitter humor. Post below is accompanied by a screen shot showing gitlab is being hosted by Microsoft Azure. Numerous related posts show the same. :)


    Jun 5

    For all the people who left #github and migrated to #gitlab on a rush because you don't like Microsoft, welcome to Microsoft #Azure

    1. dbtx Bronze badge


      These, from April-- first article points to second:

      Why and how GitLab abandoned Microsoft Azure for Google Cloud

      GitLab + Google Cloud Platform = simplified, scalable deployment

      Does it matter? Here's a joke: When MS sites were showing up in e.g. Netcraft as running Linux, it was just the caching & content delivery systems (forget whose) that were closer to the whole net than MS's own Windows Server systems, and they pointed out "we buy a service from someone and whatever platform they choose is not really our problem." Or something like that.

      So they said/did a mature thing quite a few years ago, and it seems we could be as rational.

  23. anonymous boring coward Silver badge

    My take on this is that a few get billions of dollars for the work done, for free, by thousands of people.

    What do the the contributors get? Those that actually made Github worth anything at all?

    Not only did those thousands do the work for free. They also gave it away to be re-used for free.

  24. Temmokan

    One more to bite the dust...

    It's hard to believe the Microsoft won't pollute and befoul GitHub as well, but let's see.


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