Earlier this month, Microsoft, the proprietary software giant, acquired Github, the largest open source code hosting and management platform in the world, for a cool $7.5B. And, while Microsoft brought an end to Github’s financial struggles, Github’s 28 million users aren’t too happy about the deal.
Developers have been ignoring Microsoft in favor of mobile, social, cloud and blockchain, which, in turn, lead to Microsoft becoming the biggest contributor to Github, and ultimately its owner. Now, Microsoft hopes to attract developers by taking over and ‘improving’ Github.
Programmers and scientists alike have been expressing their discontent since, fearing that the transparency and safety of their work may be in jeopardy.
The general consensus is that large, centralized companies like Microsoft are not compatible with open sourced community projects. The nature of open source is one of sharing and free collaboration rather than ownership and monopoly.
Fears of censorship applied to code, comments and requests inspired a mass move from Github to Gitlab, Keybase, Git-ssb, GitTorrent and even SourceForge, and calls for a decentralized blockchain based repository are growing.
The crypto crowd is alarmed, but not as much as expected. Blockchain code migration is taking place rather slowly.
As the place to be for blockchain code development, wallets, verification, downloads, updates, improvements, proof of activity, proposals and discussion, Microsoft’s Github is acting as a reminder that decentralization is the goal.
In the cryptosphere, all talk is about crypto/blockchain going mainstream, but it looks like the time has arrived for crypto and blockchain projects to start using decentralized, blockchain-based development and marketing applications and platforms – those not controlled by a single entity, censorship-resistant and with no infrastructural central point of failure.
Another lesson to be drawn is that blokchain projects should collaborate and partner with each other for mutual advancement and the overall growth of the industry from now on.
And as for the mainstream crowd, they’re coming in droves in search of alternatives and, above all, real world utility.
Meanwhile, the centralized, mainstream social media is full of frustrated users who write about how Microsoft ruined Skype, Hotmail, Nokia, Spotify, Minecraft and now Github.
I am #movingtogitlab ! Sorry @github, you don't deserve a parent like @Microsoft . Few years ago they were against GNU/Linux and FOSS as well as we can't forget what have they done to @nokia and @Skype .
— GhostHackz (@GHackz_) June 9, 2018
Now that @github is being absorbed by @Microsoft, it will suck just like @Skype and @LinkedIn do. I moved all my repos to GitLab – only took a minute for all 50 of my repositories to migrate over #movingtogitlab
— Random Internet Guy (@rinetguy) June 9, 2018
✔#movingtogitlab. What makes me worry about the #github acquisition by #Microsoft is the fact that they will be placed under the Cloud and IA dept. which makes me think of how they could use all our repositories and code as a huge data collection to train a #MachineLearning
— Petrica AndreiDaniel (@daniel_petrica) June 10, 2018
Anybody who thinks that a company would spend US $7.5 bn for altruistic motives is hopelessly naive. How was this acquisition pitched to the board? How long was this in planning? #movingtogitlab #fuckmicrosoft @github
— Jean Lafitte (@jeanlafitte17) June 11, 2018
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