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I trust Microsoft when it comes to security and respecting intellectual property rights more than I would Google, Amazon, Instagram, or one of the 1,000 assorted financially struggling mid sized companies that offer to host the public's data "for free". Perhaps Microsoft will implement a Git security model based on server side encryption and IP filtering (similar to Azure) that will convince more corporate clients to host their proprietary repositories there.


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I find it almost amusing that every time MS does something related to Open Source, you get comments from people who feel MS hasn't moved past the "embrace, extend, extinguish" years. They seem to prefer to ignore the fact that MS has drivers to support various Linux flavors on Hyper-V and Azure, that you can spin up a pre-built Linux VM in Azure (using big-name Linux flavors such as Red Hat I believe.)

Corporations, like MS, are in the game to make money. There's money to be made in Open Source and MS is now realizing that fact.

So, do I think the doomsayers who feel MS is going to make GitHub worse, perhaps by moving functionality behind a paywall, are right? No, not in the main. I think what will happen is MS *will* have some functionality added that will require a subscription to access, but the current state of GitHub will remain unchanged (except for branding.)
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Perhaps some folks see the Microsoft acquisition as the "gentrification" of GitHub, or an attempt to accommodate $$,$$$ enterprise clients at the expense of the open source little guys who have been with GitHub since the beginning. However, I believe Microsoft will insure GitHub catches up with (and surpasses) BitBucket. Really, Atlassian and GitLab are the ones who should be worried here.


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I think some people are driven by fear. Some want things to stay the same without any payments or profit, and some hate Microsoft.

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Steve Jones - SSC Editor - Monday, June 11, 2018 11:20 AM
I think some people are driven by fear. Some want things to stay the same without any payments or profit, and some hate Microsoft.


Heh.... other's are driven by the fear of how badly they've been burned in the past. And, of course, if something has been free all along, why would they want to start paying for it? It reminds me of the drug culture... get them addicted so they can't live without it and then start charging them. And, no... I don't hate Microsoft... I keep it simple. I wake up hating everyone and make exceptions as the day progresses. BigGrin

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Steve Jones - SSC Editor - Monday, June 11, 2018 11:20 AM
I think some people are driven by fear. Some want things to stay the same without any payments or profit, and some hate Microsoft.


Heh.... other's are driven by the fear of how badly they've been burned in the past. And, of course, if something has been free all along, why would they want to start paying for it?
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Oh! So THAT'S their little plan! Wow

https://youtu.be/stC2SNax6kI


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I think this is mostly good news. I would have been appalled if instead of MS it had been Apple (a bunch who only have a company because of MS's generosity a long time ago) or Oracle (a bunch who would have you paying ridiculous amounts through github license reviews) but MS is a company that has embraced open source and mostly runs clean tidy and fair licensing, including vast quantities of free stuff.

But I'm surprised by the statement from Github about MS's LinkedIn takeover. That takeover was regarded by pretty well every LinkedIn user (whether using the free service or the paid for service) as a catastrophe with usability and features vastly reduced. The timing suggests that it was the LinkedIn management rather than Microsoft who decided to reduce costs by reducing services, and perhaps without the MS takeover LinkedIn would have just ceased to exist, but the impression people mostly got was that the services were wrecked because MS was going to take over. The thing there is that MS was taking over a broken service in a field in which it had, I believe, no experience at all, which is very different from the Github takeover - so I'm optimistic about his one.

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