彭博社:微软将收购GitHub

据彭博新闻社(bloomberg.com)于格林威治标准时间(GMT+8)2018年06月04日发布的报道,微软将收购GitHub.

据彭博新闻社(bloomberg.com)于格林威治标准时间(GMT+8)2018年06月04日发布的报道,微软将收购GitHub.

彭博社报道截图 来源bloomberg.com
彭博社报道截图 来源bloomberg.com

 

目前,在GitHub上有2700万注册用户,创建了8000万个代码仓库,是目前世界上最流行的开源及私有软件项目的托管平台和程序员交流社区。另外,微软也在GitHub上贡献了很多开源项目:

在GitHub上搜索"Microsoft"的部分结果
在GitHub上搜索”Microsoft”的部分结果

 

一些人开始担心,在被微软收购之后,GitHub会失去独立性,违背开源精神。一些人开始迁移在GitHub上的项目,但是更多的人表示会在未来一段时间继续使用GitHub。

知乎话题:

如何评价微软收购 GitHub?对用户、对微软分别意味着什么?

 

截至导航狗(daohanggou.cn)发稿时(北京时间,2018年06月04日下午14时13分),在GitHub和Microsoft的官方Twitter账号上,双方均没有对收购事件进行表态:

@github From Twitter
@github From Twitter

 

@Microsoft From Twitter
@Microsoft From Twitter

 

据Gitlab的消息,Gnome已将其在GitHub上的仓库转移到Gitlab:

@gitlab From Twitter
@gitlab From Twitter

 

@gnome From Twitter
@gnome From Twitter

 

附:彭博社报道全文。

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

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Microsoft Will Acquire Coding Site GitHub
By Dina Bass, Eric Newcomer, and Mark Bergen
2018年6月4日 GMT+8 上午2:26 Updated on 2018年6月4日 GMT+8 下午1:37

For Microsoft Corp., acquiring GitHub Inc. would be both a return to the company’s earliest roots and a sharp turnaround from where it was a decade ago.

The software maker has agreed to acquire GitHub, the code-repository company popular with many software developers, and could announce the deal as soon as Monday, according to people familiar with the matter.

Microsoft’s origin story lies in the market for software-development tools. Decades before former Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer jumped up and down on a stage, cheering for “developers, developers, developers,” Bill Gates and Paul Allen co-founded the company to give hobbyists a way to program a new micro-computer kit, the MITS Altair.

But even as Ballmer celebrated the developers building proprietary software for Microsoft, in the early 2000s he and his executive team were highly critical of the kind of open-source program built in GitHub today. Open-source software allows developers to tinker with, improve upon and share code — an approach that threatened Microsoft’s business model. A lot has changed since then, and under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft is supporting many flavors of Linux and has used open-source models on some significant cloud and developer products itself.

Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft is now one of the biggest contributors to GitHub, and as Nadella moves the company away from complete dependence on the Windows operating system to more in-house development on Linux, the company needs new ways to connect with the broader developer community.

GitHub preferred selling the company to going public and chose Microsoft partially because it was impressed by Nadella, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private information. Terms of the agreement weren’t known on Sunday. GitHub was last valued at $2 billion in 2015.

Frank Shaw, a spokesman for Microsoft, declined to comment. GitHub didn’t return an email seeking comment on a potential agreement.

San Francisco-based GitHub is an essential tool for coders. Many corporations, including Microsoft and Alphabet Inc.’s Google, use it to store their corporate code and to collaborate. It’s also a social network of sorts for developers. Still, GitHub’s losses have been significant — it lost $66 million over three quarters in 2016 — and it has been hunting for a new CEO for nine months. The company had revenue of $98 million in nine months of 2016.

In August, GitHub announced that it was looking for a CEO to replace Chris Wanstrath, one of the company’s co-founders. In the interim, GitHub’s Chief Business Officer Julio Avalos joined the company’s board of directors and took over much of the day-to-day leadership of the company.

Microsoft has talked to GitHub, which hosts 27 million software developers working on 80 million repositories of code, on and off for a few years. Recently they began talks about a partnership but progressed to discussing an acquisition, according to another person familiar with the situation.

Business Insider first reported talks between the companies on Friday.

 

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