Microsoft said to acquire Github, are you going to move?

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Now that Microsoft is going to own Github, are you going to move your projects to GitLab?

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#1 Martyr2   User is online

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Microsoft said to acquire Github, are you going to move?

Post icon  Posted 03 June 2018 - 09:40 PM

So news is now breaking that Github and Microsoft have come to an acquisition in a reported $7.5 Billion dollar deal that will see Github fall under the control of Microsoft.

https://www.bloomber...ng-site-github?

At the same time I saw a news story talking about GitLab (a competitor to Github that has been climbing in popularity) is seeing a spike in project imports. Presumably by those leaving Github for GitLab. Below is a chart showing imports right now...

https://monitor.gitl...mporter?orgId=1

Now the question is, are you going to move your projects?

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Re: Microsoft said to acquire Github, are you going to move?

Posted 03 June 2018 - 11:11 PM

We were talking about this at work on Friday. Atlassian or Microsoft? What a great pair of choices. I have a few ideas of what I expect to see coming. I don't see a lot of people migrating off of github - for active projects, they've got work to do, and for inactive projects, who cares? Unless github actually shut down (like google code did) the bias towards inaction will be strong, even if there is a lot of griping.
New projects will probably see more people looking for other solutions, but finding not a lot of them. Whether they go for other alternatives, I think, will be largely determined by whether and how Microsoft changes the service in order to start getting dollars out of it.
It's entirely possible that they'll just let it keep losing money and see it as an investment in public image. That strategy will likely work as long as they don't produce any major screwups - but if they drop any balls, it will backfire unpleasantly for them. Given that over the long term, a service like this will likely experience interruptions and incidents, this would be a risky strategy.
Alternatively, they could try to stop losing money, but it's not clear how they'd actually do that, since at bottom this is something that people can do for themselves for a very low cost, and there's no barriers to competition. This is the ultimate commodity service.

So all in all, I'm not sure what to make of it at this late hour on a Sunday. Might have some more developed ideas come my second cup of coffee.
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Posted 04 June 2018 - 06:28 AM

The projects that I've shared on GitHub, are stuff that I've released to the public. My personal projects are on BitBucket. So I'm on the fence, because while I hate all things MS, I don't know if I care enough for a few old, open source projects, to bother moving them just for spite.

I am more worried about what this means for Linux installs, since so many other projects use github. The way I figure it, that MS will botch the quality of github in the same way that they did Skype.
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Re: Microsoft said to acquire Github, are you going to move?

Posted 04 June 2018 - 06:43 AM

I see it more like Xamarin acquisition. Brought in closer to the Visual Studios, shored up a bit, but left to run.

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GitHub will be led by CEO Nat Friedman, an open source veteran and founder of Xamarin, who will continue to report to Microsoft Cloud + AI Group Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie; GitHub CEO and Co-Founder Chris Wanstrath will be a technical fellow at Microsoft, also reporting to Scott.

https://blogs.micros...ing-developers/


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The fact that Microsoft is installing a new CEO for GitHub is a clear sign that the company’s approach to integrating GitHub will be similar to hit it is working with LinkedIn. “GitHub will retain its developer-first ethos and will operate independently to provide an open platform for all developers in all industries,” a Microsoft spokesperson told us.

https://techcrunch.c...icrosoft-stock/
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Re: Microsoft said to acquire Github, are you going to move?

Posted 04 June 2018 - 07:32 AM

GitHub now has this happy banner: https://blog.github....thub-microsoft/

Personally, my GitHub stuff is all Open Source, so where it lives doesn't really matter. GitHub have been monetizing themselves in various ways for a long time, so Microsoft monetizing them doesn't seem like a big change.

As I'm kind of stuck with Microsoft at work, I see every swig of the Open Source koolaid the company takes as a positive thing. They tried subverting open standards for decades. Now their activity seems more like diversification: that desktop monopoly has been eroded by mobile devices where Microsoft still seems to struggle.
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Posted 04 June 2018 - 08:03 AM

We will see what Microsoft does. Given how well Win10 works, I expect this is the beginning of a downhill streak for github; probably not for a year or two, but at some point Microsoft will have a "great idea" and change github for the worse.
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Posted 04 June 2018 - 08:14 AM

Fortunately they can't change git itself, so the worst they can do is make their part of the product suck and chase people out.
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Posted 04 June 2018 - 09:50 AM

I can see it now... "Git didn't have the functionality we wanted, so we are forked it. Introducing MicroGit - in the coming months github will move over to only supporting MicroGit for its enhanced functionality and deep integration with the Windows 10 service."
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Posted 04 June 2018 - 10:28 AM

Yep. And by that point, gitlab will be ready to absorb all of that new demand.
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Posted 04 June 2018 - 11:08 AM

View PostBetaWar, on 04 June 2018 - 10:50 AM, said:

I can see it now... "Git didn't have the functionality we wanted, so we are forked it. Introducing MicroGit - in the coming months github will move over to only supporting MicroGit for its enhanced functionality and deep integration with the Windows 10 service."


M'git

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I'm not going to personally move any random projects I have at the moment. Laziness is one of the three great programmer virtues.
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Posted 04 June 2018 - 02:28 PM

Agreed completely. I already have an in-house git server that backs up encrypted copies of my projects to the cloud nightly. Anything that is public (read MIT or GPL2) is on github... or if it is just my config files that I want easy access to from whatever machine I am setting up at the time. So long as they don't make github a pain to use, I likely won't have any need to move.
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Re: Microsoft said to acquire Github, are you going to move?

Posted 05 June 2018 - 11:35 AM

I keep public stuff on Github, and private stuff on Bitbucket.

As an aside, did any of you guys notice this in MSDN documentation pages:
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Posted 05 June 2018 - 11:38 AM

No.. where abouts did you find that?
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Posted 05 June 2018 - 01:12 PM

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Posted 05 June 2018 - 01:17 PM

I'll be damned. That was fast integration!
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