Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft has acquired GitHub, and will announce the deal on Monday.
Github is an online service that allows developers to host their code in the cloud using the popular Git source management system, invented by Linux founder Linus Torvalds in 2005.
In addition to being home to the overwhelming majority of open source projects, it’s also used by developers within companies to privately collaborate on software. It’s not inaccurate or hyperbole to call GitHub the epicenter of the software development universe.
The site was last valued at $2 million in 2015, and it’s not yet known how much Microsoft paid for the site. It wouldn’t surprise me if it’s vastly north of that figure. Despite the company’s money woes and lack of CEO, Github holds a privileged position in the development world.
Bloomberg reports that GitHub’s leadership chose to allow Microsoft to acquire it, based on the performance and leadership of Redmond CEO Satya Nadella, who has moved Microsoft beyond its “embrace, extend, extinguish” days.
Under Nadella’s rule, Microsoft has enthusiastically embraced open source, with several of its projects released on Github under permissive licenses.
Rumors of the deal swirled last Friday. It’s not exactly clear how long Microsoft and GitHub have been in talks, or indeed, when the deal got inked.
Sourceforce on twitter, invite to Github users to migrate
Did you know SourceForge was acquired in 2016 & completely revamped?
Full details of what has changed since then: https://t.co/fcfD6UvSjk
Here's a GitHub import tool we built that imports your project to SourceForge: https://t.co/Mt7yN6rS80
All projects are scanned for malware pic.twitter.com/EVxGqb4E3x
— SourceForge (@sourceforge) June 3, 2018
and Gitlab report a 10x increment of their repositories
We're seeing 10x the normal daily amount of repositories #movingtogitlab https://t.co/7AWH7BmMvM We're scaling our fleet to try to stay up. Follow the progress on https://t.co/hN0ce379SC and @movingtogitlab
— GitLab (@gitlab) June 3, 2018
also, memes about it
— Nick Morrott (@nickmorrott) June 3, 2018