CRYPTO developers have voiced their anger following the acquisition of Github in a deal worth $7.5 billion.
The Github platform was created by Linus Torvalds as an open source movement primarily to enable developers to share code.
The acquisition affects Bitcoin developers who used Github as a global participation environment.
Bitcoin core developer Wladimir J. van der Laan has claimed they may abandon Github.
“Yes. No real hurry, but I expect this is the beginning of a long painful road of (GitHub) toward obsolescence (sic), possibly ending the same way as codeplex did,” he tweeted when asked if he thinks the Bitcoin repository should move.
Before Github was acquired by Microsoft, there had been offers from tech giants such as Google, Amazon and even Tencent.
The hashtags #movingtogitlab has trended on Twitter, suggesting Bitcoin developers could be about to move their source codes to Github rival Gitlab.
According to reports, two days after the rumors of Microsoft taking over Github, it was reported that ten times the number of projects migrated.
In June 2018, before the acquisition of Microsoft, Github reported had over 28 million users and 57 million repositories of which 28 million was public repositories, making it the largest host of source code in the world.
A likely reason for the Bitcoin core team to oppose Microsoft’s acquisition is that Microsoft is against open source.
14 years ago Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer said: “Linux is cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches.”
However, in the present scenario, Satya Nadella has a friendlier approach to open source. Plus Microsoft also accepts payment in Bitcoin in its online stores.
Still, the past is not forgotten.
It seems the moral of this story is to watch what you say, especially when it comes to the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency movement.