Ah a Monday with plenty of news
First reported by Bloomberg during the week-end
Microsoft Is Said to Have Agreed to Acquire Coding Site GitHub
and some people are losing their shit …
As part of this change, Nat Friedman will be taking on the role of GitHub’s CEO. We have been searching for a new CEO for some time and found in both Microsoft and Nat a partner we believe will strengthen and grow the GitHub community and company over the next few years. Nat has a ton of experience with software and the open source software community, having co-founded Xamarin and worked on numerous open source projects over the years, and is the perfect person to help GitHub grow and continue to make life better for developers.
At the same time, I understand that there is some healthy skepticism in the community, so I wanted to be absolutely clear about two things:
GitHub will operate independently as a community, platform, and business. This means that GitHub will retain its developer-first values, distinctive spirit, and open extensibility. We will always support developers in their choice of any language, license, tool, platform, or cloud.
GitHub will retain its product philosophy. We love GitHub because of the deep care and thoughtfulness that goes into every facet of the developer’s experience. I understand and respect this, and know that we will continue to build tasteful, snappy, polished tools that developers love.
I’m not asking for your trust, but I’m committed to earning it. I can’t wait to help make the GitHub platform and community that’s special to all of us even greater.
and he adds
PS: I’ll be doing an AMA on Reddit in the next few days, I hope to see you there!
So yeah some people are losing their shits, scared by evil Microsoft quoting Embrace, extend, and extinguish, threaten to move everything away to other GitSomething, etc.
Wether you think Microsoft is a bad thing (evil like in the 90s) or a good thing, even a blessing (because well… they’ve published tons of cool shit in OSS in the last few years), I would say as ActionScript developers you should be used to that kind of shifting already.
free project hosting for open source software (OSS) is something that is nice and all
but it can stop, or at least it can change in such a way that it does not fit your needs or views anymore
even with Github when suddenly it goes down everyone’s panicking
well… all those source code hosting facilities have the same single point of failure: you are not in control
It’s OK, I get it, something like GitHub is extremely convenient, even without the “source code” part, the social part of it is enticing, but still you should cover you back.
Even as a solo dev, even if for only a couple of projects, you should be in control of your source code.
It’s not a super easy path but it’s not that hard either
- renting a server
- learn bits of Linux sysadmin
- self host your own svn/hg/git repositories
- mirror/clone some of them to a facility like Github
and here some advantages
- no DMCA take down
they can take it down on Github but not on your server
- no “Github is down”
wether Github fall under a huge DDoS attack your server keep running
- private repositories
that you can connect to your own tools
that you can setup for your own clients or others
- full control of your data, your backup, who has access to them etc.
- if you don’t like it you can move away and respawn elsewhere
eg. instead of mirroring to Github you can mirror to Gitlab
That said, I still use Github, even pay a monthly fee to it, and I don’t think bad things will happen because of that Microsoft acquisition.