The announcement fell last Monday: Microsoft buys GitHub. This announcement had the effect of a bomb on the Open Source community, which has already withdrawn 50,000 projects from the platform.
Do we still need to present GitHub?
As you know, GitHub is The platform for hosting and code versioning. All developers know it, and 28 million are registered. GitHub is the largest platform of its kind in the world. We even upload the WAPT Community code to GitHub so that it can be improved by the community. Since Monday, the disconcerting announcement for some and insignificant for others has fallen: Microsoft is buying GitHub for .5 billion. Why is this announcement being debated so much? The free community has been panicking since last Monday and 50,000 of the 80 million projects loaded have already been transferred to other platforms such as GitLab for example.
Why Microsoft is buying GitHub?
With the arrival of Microsoft’s new CEO in 2014, Satya Nadella, the company has opened up to the free software market by opening the code of some of its projects. Microsoft is also the first company to contribute to GitHub, before Facebook and Docker. Microsoft’s ambition is to become the developer’s toolbox, and it joined the Linux foundation in 2016. The purchase of GitHub allows Microsoft to integrate it into its many services to bring it closer to the developer community. This acquisition also contributes to Microsoft’s “Open Source friendly” image.
Shared opinions on the case…
Since the announcement of the purchase, opinions have been divided on the subject. Some GitHub enthusiast developers see this as good news while some free software supporters are fleeing GitHub.
If we assume that Microsoft will invest to improve the platform, this acquisition is a good point for developers. They will be able to benefit from interoperability with the tools dev Microsoft. Moreover, Microsoft is already the most active company on the platform, which, as a reminder, is the result of a commercial company.
As seen from the reactions on the Internet, a large part of the GitHub community does not seem dissatisfied with this acquisition.
But there are still the irreducible people who see Microsoft as the enemy of Open Source, a label that sticks to its skin even though it is no longer the case. Microsoft has been contributing to Open Source for years. CEO Satya Nadella would have no interest in making GitHub an advertising platform for its products because it would scare off its users.
The second issue raised is competition, with companies like Google or IBM storing their code on the platform now owned by their competitor.
The amount of imports from https://t.co/G6r2Ow2g8m to https://t.co/C4mACZ8axF increased for the 4th day in a row! People are giving GitLab a look and like what single application for the complete DevOps lifecycle can do for them https://t.co/2WKmB9w6Ry so they are #movingtogitlab pic.twitter.com/hqrDXU1e9Z— GitLab (@gitlab) 7 juin 2018
Earlier this week, Jim Zemlin, Director of the Linux Foundation, encouraged this takeover. This is “very good news for the open source world“, for various reasons. This reaction may reassure the Open Source community about Microsoft’s intentions.
And WAPT in all this?
On our side, we host WAPT Community on GitHub since its creation. There is no question of moving it at this time. GitHub remains an essential tool for us, and Microsoft or not we find our account there. You can contribute to WAPT Community on GitHub by contacting us, or discover the Enterprise version for your most advanced uses.