The acquisition of Github by Microsoft has caused quite a stir in the crypto community. Developers of Bitcoin are calling to abandon Github.
Github is an open source development platform where you can host and review code, manage projects and build software, and is used by the majority of the crypto projects. Now that Microsoft has bought the platform for $7.5 billion, some believe Github will be centralized. Developers are now looking to move to Github's competitor, Gitlab.
Wladimir (@orionwl), a Bitcoin Core developer, confirmed on Twitter that he thinks the Bitcoin repository should move away from Github, with an independent hosted infrastructure as the best option for the future.
github: "The plan change was successful. laanwj will be updated to the free monthly plan."— Wladimir (@orionwl) June 4, 2018
No longer going to pay for this when it's just another Microsoft tax. I wasn't using them for my private repositories anyhow.
Yes.— Wladimir (@orionwl) June 4, 2018
No real hurry, but I expect this is the beginning of a long painful road of gh toward obsolence, possibly ending the same way as codeplex did.
To be clear: many bitcoin core contributors already preferred moving to independently hosted infrastructure in the long run. This may or may not speed it up.— Wladimir (@orionwl) June 4, 2018
More developers and crypto enthusiasts have expressed concerns following the acquisition of Github by Microsoft.
With Bill Gates sentiments towards crypto, I'd be worried atleast a little— Trey Cummings (@trey_cummings) June 5, 2018
The sale of @github to @Microsoft tells us two things:— Kristin Low (@kristinlow) June 5, 2018
1) a #decentralized alternative is necessary. #OpenSource requires ownership structures that are not company based.
2) at 7.5bn, the #crypto market now has a reference point for the value of it. #bitcoin #cryptocurrency
we can save github by putting microsoft on the blockchain— SecurityTrout (@CryptoTrout) June 4, 2018
@aantonop Microsoft buying GitHub reminds me of your last talk. Polish it. Sanitize it. Centralize it. Microsoftization— Csilla Brimer (@CryptoTweetie) June 4, 2018
#Microsoft acquired #GitHub and I don't know how to feel. This is probably the beginning of something new for the open source space, whether good or bad.https://t.co/ZQhenLZm4W pic.twitter.com/b2Sw7nF2de— Cezary Graf | CRYPTO POLAND (@CryptoPoland) June 4, 2018