Windows 10: Microsoft to acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion

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  1. slicendice's Avatar
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       04 Jun 2018 #10

    Hahah, I love the fake petition counter.
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  2. Bree's Avatar
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       04 Jun 2018 #11

    Ground Sloth said: View Post
    Microsoft says that they're all in on open source. So when is the source code of Windows 10 going to be posted on GitHub?
    slicendice said: View Post
    Lol, not gonna happen.
    Cliff S said: View Post
    Oh c'mon!
    Sheesh!

    They just published the source code for Windows 3 file explorer, with WinFile: Release WinFile v10.0 - Sharing 10 years of improvements · Microsoft/winfile · GitHub
    What more do you greedy geeks want?
    Perhaps the 'greedy geeks' would like to play with PowerShell for every platform?

    https://github.com/PowerShell

    You want Windows source code? Well, you can have a look at NT....

    https://github.com/Zer0Mem0ry/ntoskrnl
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  3.    04 Jun 2018 #12

    Ground Sloth said: View Post
    Microsoft says that they're all in on open source. So when is the source code of Windows 10 going to be posted on GitHub?
    Microsoft will be 100% in favor of open source for other people's software, but not for theirs.
    Last edited by larc919; 04 Jun 2018 at 13:14.
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  4. slicendice's Avatar
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       04 Jun 2018 #13

    larc919 said: View Post
    Microsoft will be 100% in favor of open source for other people's software, but not for theirs.
    Well said and I believe this to be true.
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  5.    04 Jun 2018 #14

    Kari said: View Post
    This is good news, as long as GitHub users are not forced to sign in with a Microsoft account.
    Wouldn't bother me all that much. I use it (my Microsoft ID) for so much now what's one more site. I think I get where your coming from though. If your strictly Linux etc your not going to want to have to create a Microsoft ID just to use it. I actually use GitHub quit a bit on the Raspberry Pi side of things. I don't think I've ever gone there for anything Windows Related? I really hope Microsoft doesn't do something really stupid and alienate a whole user base.
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  6.    05 Jun 2018 #15

    Perhaps acquiring GitHub will improve Microsoft's software QA standards?
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  7. Cliff S's Avatar
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       05 Jun 2018 #16

    Steve C said: View Post
    Perhaps acquiring GitHub will improve Microsoft's software QA standards?

    That was a good one
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       05 Jun 2018 #17

    GitHub- So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish


    alphanumeric said: View Post
    I really hope Microsoft doesn't do something really stupid and alienate a whole user base.
    It's the only thing MS excels at these days.

    Steve C said: View Post
    Perhaps acquiring GitHub will improve Microsoft's software QA standards?
    Given MS' record, with W10 updates/upgrades & W7 updates over the last 12 months, GitHub will be turned into a total disaster area.

    Also I expect stuff like this will mysteriously vanish.
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  9.    05 Jun 2018 #18

    Ground Sloth said: View Post
    Microsoft says that they're all in on open source. So when is the source code of Windows 10 going to be posted on GitHub?
    When pigs fly! [emoji23][emoji23]
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  10. Cliff S's Avatar
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       08 Jun 2018 #19

    Interesting Blog post from By Jim Zemlin (June 7, 2018) The Linux Foundation: Microsoft Buys GitHub: The Linux Foundations Reaction - The Linux Foundation

    So what does this mean for open source? I expect generally good things. Microsoft has the means and the expertise to make GitHub better. They brought in Nat Friedman as GitHubs CEO, someone I have known for years and has been well-respected in the open source community for a couple decades. Nat is clear that Microsoft is walking their talk stating, Im not asking for your trust, but Im committed to earning it. I cant wait to help make the GitHub platform and community thats special to all of us even greater. I believe he means it.

    Should the open source community be concerned? Probably not. Buying GitHub does not mean Microsoft has engaged in some sinister plot to own the more than 70 million open source projects on GitHub. Most of the important projects on GitHub are licensed under an open source license, which addresses intellectual property ownership. The trademark and other IP assets are often owned by a non-profit like The Linux Foundation (see the Kubernetes example above). And lets be quite clear the hearts and minds of developers are not something one buys they are something one earns (see Nats quote above).

    Why would Microsoft do this? It seems simple to me. Steve Ballmer was half right with his famous developers, developers, developers cheer (worth a re-watch here.) He just didnt factor in the open source developers that he famously discounted. Satya Nadella has righted that oversight in a spectacular way this week. Microsoft has always loved developers and wants to make a business of providing developers with great tools in order to help them to create great technology. It is literally their mission on the about page of their web site: To empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Today more than 28 million of those developers are on GitHub.
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