Rumor: Microsoft May Be Acquiring GitHub

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2018 - 07:46 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, github

Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft has decided to acquire GitHub for an unknown amount. Some people are reporting that the deal was worth $2 billion USD, although they might have misread the Bloomberg post, which was talking about a $2 billion USD valuation during a round of private investments back in 2015. That said, the price seems right for what GitHub is, so it wouldn’t surprise me if that was what Microsoft paid.

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And, of course, now people are also promoting alternatives. Personally, I use BitBucket and GitLab for work, but my personal projects are still on GitHub. While the new ownership doesn’t seem too bad to me, at least in the short term, I don’t say that with 100% confidence. In fact, just last year, Microsoft shut down CodePlex, which is like GitHub although it launched back in 2006. Bloomberg also reports that GitHub has been bleeding money in recent years, citing three quarters of 2016, so maybe it wouldn’t have lasted much longer to begin with.

There’s also some irony in Microsoft buying a company whose namesake, git, was created by Linus Torvalds.

Source: Bloomberg

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June 3, 2018 | 08:12 PM - Posted by GetAsFarAwayFromTheImperialHubAsPossible (not verified)

Well it's time to get far away from GitHub and find some fork in the road alternative that's not tied to Redmond.

Fork it and forget GitHub. Just give GitHub the good old Linus one finger salute!

Que the The Imperial March as the Dark Lords of Redmond approach, in that moon that's no moon!

June 3, 2018 | 10:26 PM - Posted by Sean (not verified)

"Microsoft loves open source." is just another name for "Embrace, Extend, Extinguish". I heard that being said when they started using the phrase a couple years ago, and gave it little heed – I mean Mojang has fared pretty well. This acquisition, however, makes me much more nervous.

June 4, 2018 | 12:49 PM - Posted by Jann5s

Nooo, they ffin ruin everything they buy

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