GitHub is now officially a part of Microsoft

By Peter Bright

GitHub is now officially a part of Microsoft
satyan@redmond:~/src$ git checkout -b microsoft-acquisitions Switched to a new branch 'microsoft-acquisitions' satyan@redmond:~/src$ scp satyan@github.com:/github . satyan@redmond:~/src$ git add github satyan@redmond:~/src$ git commit -m "Microsoft announced in June that it > was buying the Git repository and collaboration platform GitHub for > $7.5 billion in stock. That acquisition has received all the necessary > regulatory approvals and has now completed. Nat Friedman, formerly of > Xamarin, will take the role as GitHub CEO on Monday. > > The news of the acquisition sent ripples through the open source world, > as GitHub has become the home for a significant number of open source > projects. We argued at the time that the sale was likely one of > necessity and that of all the possible suitors, Microsoft was the best > one due to common goals and shared interests. Friedman at the time > sought to reassure concerned open source developers that the intent was > to make GitHub even better at being GitHub and that he would work to > earn the trust of the GitHub community. Those views were reiterated > today. > > Since then, Microsoft has joined the Open Invention Network, a patent > cross-licensing group that promises royalty free licenses for any patents > that apply to the Linux kernel or other essential open source packages. > This was a bold move that largely precludes Redmond from asserting its > patents against Android and should mean that the company will no longer > receive royalties from smartphone manufacturers. > > Sources close to the matter tell us that Microsoft's decision to join > OIN was driven in no small part by the GitHub acquisition. GitHub is > already a member of OIN, which left Microsoft with only a few options: > withdraw GitHub from OIN, a move that would inevitably upset the open > source world; acquire GitHub as some kind of arm's length subsidiary > such that GitHub's OIN obligations could not possibly apply to > Microsoft; or join OIN too, as the most straightforward approach that > also bolstered the company's open source reputation. Microsoft took > the third option." [microsoft-acquisitions baadf00d] Microsoft announced... 1 file changed, billions of insertions(+), 0 deletions(-) satyan@redmond:~/src$ git checkout microsoft-corp Switched to branch 'microsoft-corp' satyan@redmond:~/src$ git merge microsoft-acquisitions Updating cafef00d..baadf00d Fast-forward billions-of-files | billions ++++++++++++ satyan@redmond:~/src$ git branch -d microsoft-acquisitions