Microsoft Acquires GitHub. What – Too Soon?

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jun 4, 2018 7:24 PM EDT Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove
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Ten years ago Microsoft and Linux seemed to be in a fight to the death. Today, Microsoft is one of the biggest supporters of open source projects. Still, it's acquisition of the globe's biggest development host leaves some uneasy. Should they be?

My, my, what a difference a decade makes. Or for some, maybe not.

Ten years ago, Microsoft was led by Steve Ballmer, who very much viewed open source as the barbarian at the software giant’s gate. The feeling was emphatically reciprocated by most in the free and open source (FOSS) community, which viewed Microsoft as an existential threat to the very existence of FOSS. And if Ballmer had been able to have his way back then, they would probably have been right.

But he didn’t, and of course, however much he might have preferred otherwise, he couldn’t.

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