GitHub Acquired by Microsoft

Posted by david on 05 June 2018 at 12:04 am

Microsoft has announced it has acquired GitHub for $7.5B and a lot of people aren't happy about it. I've been looking into alternatives for my private repositories, but I may leave the public ones on GitHub. The problem is I can see some other corporations reacting by making similar moves.

I've been evaluating new services, both by quality features and potential acquisition cost to determine if I should move or if I'll just be looking for a new service again soon. I predict an explosion of growth (at GitHub's expense) soon for a few services, so I can see how one service in particular could exceed $10B in the potential acquisition cost in the near future.

I may have to take my private repos off the grid. I don't want to, because sites like GitHub are cheaper to use than hosting the projects myself. There are also few choices on the open source front for direct GitHub alternatives. Is Microsoft trustworthy? Unsure if I want to find out.


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