I’ll admit that my knee-jerk reaction to Microsoft buying GitHub was panic. I was around for the Ballmer days, and I eschewed anything Microsoft touched for nearly a decade.
However, Microsoft seems to be a very different company today, and GitHub certainly wasn’t sustainable on its own. I think Microsoft’s behavior needs to be watched carefully, and I think it’s worth developing open source alternatives to GitHub — if for no other reason than to provide options.
But given the fact that GitHub has always been for-profit, closed-source, and has had a checkered past when it comes to diversity and inclusiveness, I don’t see this as the death of a friend. I think that if you were comfortable relying on GitHub up until now, a “wait and see” approach is reasonable.
Ars Technica’s coverage of the issue offers more context on this perspective: