Microsoft to acquire GitHub - What does this mean for crypto?

in github •  17 days ago

In news confirmed this morning, Microsoft announced that they would be acquiring GitHub.

Information about the deal was first leaked last night by Bloomberg:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-03/microsoft-is-said-to-have-agreed-to-acquire-coding-site-github

Then it was confirmed later this morning by Microsoft:

https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/4/17422788/microsoft-github-acquisition-official-deal

The deal is said to be worth $7.5 billion in stock and is expected to close later this year.

This acquisition is the second big splash made by CEO Satya Nadella following the $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn two years ago.

About GitHub:

GitHub is a large code repository that is very popular with developers.

Companies as well as developers host projects, code, and documents on the platform.

Currently, there are roughly 85 million repositories hosted on GitHub with over 28 million developers contributing to them.

GitHub currently hosts the bitcoin code and is also a favorite of many blockchain developers/projects.

How does this affect crypto?

At the moment that isn't entirely clear, though as you can see from the price action many market participants are thinking that it may.

Bitcoin sold off about half of the gains seen over the weekend when the news of the acquisition was released.

A prominent bitcoin developer is already calling for the bitcoin code to be moved to a different repository:

"Yes (we should move the code). No real hurry, but I expect this is the beginning of a long painful road of (GitHub) toward obsolence (sic), possibly ending the same way as codeplex did."

(Source: http://bitcoinist.com/microsoft-buy-github-bitcoin-devs-exit/)

Though after saying that, he was quick to add this:

"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."

(Source: http://bitcoinist.com/microsoft-buy-github-bitcoin-devs-exit/)

As you might have guessed many in the crypto community did not like hearing their main repository acquired by a corporate entity, especially one like Microsoft.

Though, they say they are going to keep GitHub running the way it is, and perhaps they will as they have left LinkedIn mostly the way it was.

That being said there is already a mass migration over to a rival repository called GitLab.

(Source: http://bitcoinist.com/microsoft-buy-github-bitcoin-devs-exit/)

What do you think, is Microsoft's acquisition of GitHub going to have an affect on cryptocurrency projects?

Let me know in the comments below.

Stay informed my friends.

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Wow, goodbye Github. LOL
Adding Micro$oft to Open Source is like adding oil to water.. It just isn't possible.
I remember how they got caught writing the code used in the UEFA bios system now used in modern computers - after claiming it was produced by an independent, open source group. Their code tags were found in the source code by investigators.

Who knows what they will get up to with access to so much of other people code - not to mention the private repositories. What a disaster!

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Likely the cause of the crypto sell off today?

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I don't know.. It seems crypto prices are more sensitive than an overweight, wealthy princess at times.. lol
I don't think Github's problems will cause crypto any serious problems.. It just means the code will have to be moved elsewhere.. Maybe we'll see REPO coins and a blockchain based successor to Github ;)
Blockhub anyone? ;)

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Ha, that is a good analogy! Also the oil and water was pretty spot on as well.

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Thanks, I've been around all this for a very long time.. the tech movers and shakers are like my extended family.. With Uncle Microsoft definitely being the one we don't like to talk about. lol
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What kinds of things do you have planned?

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Awesome! Thanks so much for your vote - It means a lot. :)

Also, I made a post on this issue of Github to see if I can rally the world into creating a blockchain replacement for it :)

https://steemit.com/technology/@ura-soul/microsoft-buys-github-com-how-about-a-blockchain-version-of-github-to-correct-this-mistake

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holyshit, so not cool. they get access to all the private repos? we know they have no ethics...

guess we know why they did it now.

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I see no reason why they wouldn't. I imagine their 'research' teams are bouncing off the walls right now!

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Oil—>Water no better description

Totally confusing on the future; may lead to faster regulation of BTC by US regulators. BTC is getting too close to mainstream 😩

github died

This one always made me laugh and is marginally relevant.

It certainly looks weird to have this type of merger in place, but the immediate reaction to this is somewhat surprising to me. Thought a lot more techy people would like MS now as it sort of have revised it's image. Maybe not?

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Microsoft is just trying to dominate the world with other means than Windows 10 as that didn't work... A lot of computers using Windows 10 disconnected from internet because the large updates were too big to fit to internal memory cards and caused constant slowdowns. The annoying popup when you have not updated to latest version also is very alarming signal.

Buckminster Fuller once said..." You never change things by fighting against the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.".
I am barely two weeks old here...but if you guys consider all parallel code to what Msoft has in gthub pedestrian code and take the coding to the next level...then it won't really matter what they come up with...does it? And match then upgrade for upgrade...or innovate on a level they cannot match by studying the limitations msoft is well known for...their bottlenecks...then crowd source on a more intense level by offering steem prizes for said innovations. And do so under deadlines. Many, many people seem to work better when there is a finite amount of time to get stuff done.

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It is possible that Microsoft's entrance into cryptos this way is a signal that crypto is resting on their laurels...and like a stagnant pool of water...attracts larvae like Msoft. If the buzzard Gates has landed and isn't going anywhere...then is it not in Steem's best interest to innovate so hard it can never find itself hitched to a shitwagon? This will only be the first of more acquisitions to come so are the top dogs in Steem and its satellites armour plating itself so that when they hear the whistling...they know not to bend over for the soap? Replace GHTUB. Get together with other cryptos founders and see if building a permanent replacement is required, viable and desired...then proceed from there. It is a terrible thing to allow the buzzard to purchase a bottleneck where they can train their bloody AI by feeding data in it in real time...of real customer transactions. That is the reason for purchasing GHTUB yes? To plug real time data into an experimental and artificial intelligence like that movie Ex Machina where the dude fed world wide data into a neural matrix? Anyway...I think I will stop there. Peace guys...

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I think the only multi millonaire i would let buy github without this negative would be the Richard Branson the Guy of the company Virgin.

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What about Tim Draper? He is a billionaire... or John McAfee?

Microsoft is going to mess up github

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Microsoft has long history of using code made by others and taking no responsibility if the code doesn't work or has any visual glitches or errors. This is just warning sign of their own development team and quality assurance team behind grossly incompetent.

Imagine if Microsoft get their hands with github. It seems like they're planning to do something big for crypto and all those blockchain codes in the future. We better keep an eye on it guys!

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It's possible it is crypto related, we will see.

Excellente information.

Thank you so much for sharing! ;-}

Lovely evening.

Hope Microsoft Continue Github Image, because someone said during rumors, everything will change in dust after microsoft touch

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Yep, it very well could. There is already a mass exodus away from it...

Pardon my french, but thats fucking bogus.

yes they want to get their hands on Crypto related things. because they have realized the power of Crypto. They are moving their network to the blockchain.

To me it means that someone should start building a application similar to github hosted on the steem blockchain :-D

Oceans rise and empires fall but actually idk since Microsoft has been relatively friendly to open source... but you will never know, maybe they just want to integrate github into their Xbox one ecosystem :-/

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Now there is an idea... perhaps this needs to be floated by ol' Ned. :)

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Microsoft has been friendly to open source community because Microsoft needs freely available sources of code to be incorporated in Windows, because they don't have big team of developers to create everything from scratch in-house.

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Surely. It's time for that to exist. Maybe it's time that the project @utopian-io grow independently in a 100% ecosystem separated from Github or any other platform attached.

100% in blockchain. On its own support, without the possibility of being stolen?

Since I joined Steemit. Since I met the project. I thought the project of Utopian was like that. My surprise was to see that no. That the project is a witness, that managed to make publications in Steemit, through linking the publications of the code in Github..

I'm sorry for my English, of bad translator. :(

I was like okay... this doesn’t even make sense what does Microsoft have to gain? I’m missing something

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Access to the talent pool....and code.

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Drag all projects that currently work with Amazon to their cloud platforms.
Stealing a part of the pie of the online business, the one related to the applications directly, from the birth of the own apps.

It seems little to you.

It is a clear attack against AWS. From my distant point of view. The medium and small developers and companies are working on AWS. But, if they possess the code in Github, and directly from Github they offer them executable services in cloud in Microsoft platforms..

have gone to the root of the developers to offer them services that counteract those of AWS.

(-sorry for the bad english-)

If there weren't rival repositories, I would have said 'yes'. But there are. New cryptocurrencies will simply use a different open-source platform if they are worried. The biggest effect possible is older cryptos experiencing more forks.
That's my (very inexpert) opinion! 😀

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That makes the most sense to me as well, which means there shouldn't really be a reason for the decline in prices today, though their hardly ever needs to be a legitimate reason for a decline in prices.

the more there are number of rivals the lesser is one's chance to survive but that way it is more game !!!!!! #go_crypto_go

buena informacion gracias por compartir

People just like to overreact and go into religious arguments. MS has done a ton for software development, both proprietary and open source. Why would MS be a thread for open source? It's open source, so accessible anyway. Why would MS be a thread to closed source github projects? Because it is evil, because it is a for profit company? What do you think github is? Also a for profit company, one with a terrible management hence the look for a buyer. Git is a distributed version control system but in practice most of the time a master branch is centralized somewhere. Github just happens to be one of the most popular solutions but by no means is it a big issue to move. I see absolutely no reason for open source projects to move except for religious arguments. Oh, and the oil-water argument. What about all the software microsoft opensources themselves? The popular visual studio code, .net runtime, all efforts to move towards *nix friendlyness, typescript, ... To say this has influence on crypto is total nonsense coming from people who absolutely don't know what they are talking about.

Edit: for some balanced discussion: an excellent read: Everyone complaining about Microsoft buying GitHub needs to offer a better solution

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People will never forget what Microsoft has done in the past... A few good things they have done recently doesn't balance the numerous bad things they have done since they got more popular in the PC-compatible operating system markets than IBM.

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Yes, as VSCode that develops it first, it "sells" it as a free code but is under a proprietary license As it has done with so many other things. Sure, that you are talking about this.

Or xamarin that leaves the code open, but almost everything that exists about the project. It is associated with the services in the cloud of the own microsoft.. Or about how it seeks to make money from the absurd or more stupid unemployed, through selling crappy courses about office and powerpoint through linkedin and slideshare. Courses and information that is free through any place. But, as it is training signed and sealed by Microsoft, it's cool.

Microsoft tries to do what it has always done. Benefit and take advantage of the less savvy, and the world is full of them. This time with the new developers and programmers. With the least experts or small and medium enterprises.

How difficult would it be to set up another repository on a blockchain like STEEM?

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Steemit's interface is not that user friendly

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Steemit is not steem. Steemit it just one of many apps built on top of steem. Many things could be built on steem.

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And not that usable either.

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I don't know that much about crypto. But what would be the big deal of microsoft aquiring github?

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There isn’t really any big deal pertaining to crypto due to Microsoft acquiring Github. People on Steemit like Github and also like crypto and are acting as if they’re connected when they aren’t. GitHub is nowhere near a large enough company to cause a dip in the market due to being acquired. Most of the people on this thread are making emotional arguments due to the big corporation (Microsoft) getting involved in the open source word via acquiring Github. In reality Microsoft will most like let Github continuing running itself but under Microsoft ownership.

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Thanks for your reply! That was exactly my thinking to be honest.

Although I hate the idea of Microsoft owning Github I do like the fact that now people are moving to an opensource alternative and I hope to see people start developing a clean GUI for Gittorrent (the decentralized github that uses bittorrent and bitcoin in the backend) https://github.com/cjb/GitTorrent