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Microsoft Is Said to Have Agreed to Acquire Coding Site GitHub

Microsoft Corp. has agreed to acquire GitHub Inc., the code repository company popular with many software developers, and could announce the deal as soon as Monday, according to people familiar with the matter.

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ImGumbyDammit108d ago (Edited 108d ago )

Microsoft is the largest open source contributor on GitHub by far, surpassing Google and Facebook open source. And that was fall 2016, almost two years ago. RedHat, which most people associate with open source, doesn't even crack the top 10 contributors. In the last two years, since Microsoft became the largest open source contributor, they dramatically increased there support for open source even more. As for GitHub, Microsoft has worked closely with them for several years now as well. And GitHub is integrating many of Microsoft's modifications into their own code. Git Virtual File System (GVFS) for example a saving grace for large repositories. Many of the contributions by Microsoft have been accepted upstream to Git itself and are being worked in. Meanwhile, Google (the company that used to be all about sharing everything) pulls more and more of their code out of the world's view via open source to now be hidden internally; we see happening with many former open sourced parts of Android being moved internally. This is just the opposite direction Microsoft is taking with a lot of their proprietary code being open sourced.

blacktiger108d ago

YOU THINK anybody care about the contributor? GTFO!

Speed-Racer108d ago

Not disputing that but site ownership is a different story.