We knew it: Chris Wanstrath (@defunkt) has never been a free software guy. Now it’s official:
“I’m extremely proud of what GitHub and our community have accomplished over the past decade, and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead. The future of software development is bright, and I’m thrilled to be joining forces with Microsoft to help make it a reality,” Wanstrath said. “Their focus on developers lines up perfectly with our own, and their scale, tools and global cloud will play a huge role in making GitHub even more valuable for developers everywhere.”
I can’t wait to see M$ CEO welcome RMS in the pinnacle of the Redmond company.
In the meantime, so many integration appeared in Github, with Docker, etc. that a lot of free software working with Github is compromised. What will Gitlab say? I’m not sure moving from a U.S. company to an EU company helps at all in this case. I can foresee a split in the U.S. ‘open-source’ ‘community’ and between U.S. and EU developers. Google had not been able to disrupt the free software movement so much, even by pouring their advertising cash pornographically around. But who wants to live with M$?
Gittorrent? Mango? They have other issues.
Maybe it’s time to look back at what the free software alternatives are – and cry – to embrace really decentralized alternatives to fulfill the need for a public digital infrastructure that is not sold to corporate interests.
No frankly, Github being an ‘open-source’ fan is one sorry thing, but it being part of M$ is a way worse danger to technological sovereignty.