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Microsoft VS Github

Hello to all AF-members
Yesterday i read a message in newspapers that might affect a lot of members here.
Microsoft has performed a takeover on Github.
thats wierd news.
Most of us remember that FROM THE VERY BEGINNING Microsoft became famous
by stealing code from programmers and by fighting open source. Mr. Gates is really not
a nice guy ! so that takeover of one of the largest open surce-platforms is a serious threat
to the open source community !
It might get very priorized to rescue code, before it "vanishes" from that platform ( or gets stolen )
and github should be observed now very well...
and programmers should think very careful if they want to take risk of publishing there code as
"free giveaway" to Mr. Gates...

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/06/08/nat_friedman_github_ceo_elect_ama_session/
or:
http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/diginomics/microsoft-uebernimmt-open-source-unternehmen-github-15622001.html

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Thanks for starting this

Thanks for starting this thread Speedy.

A day before the "takeover" I moved all my repos to my own web server, and migrated a few repos to other git web services (there are lots of other ones) like https://bitbucket.org/ and gitlab. I also deleted one account. I removed all my Apple II links to the service which means I may need to do a search for "AppleWin" the next time I want to download the latest version -- no big deal. I hope some programmers move their code to other services, or even better host their own code on their own web servers. If I see code is moved to other services, I will add the links back in.

Eventually people may realize that convergence and walled gardens are the last gasps of a dying era (remember TV?). Free and open spaces on the internet are found on the smaller sites like applefritter (thanks Tom Owad), and distributed places that may be a little more difficult to find or navigate but I think they are a richer experience without the cost of lock-in.

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Hello mmphosis,
when i read the newspaper note on the incident i just had a flashback on the "early days"....
I'm kind of dinosaur and i do remember well the behaviour of Mr. Gates behaviour just from his very beginning and the startup of microsoft... followed by the war between apple and microsoft and the trial about windows vs. mac-os and >SOS on the lisa.... and the numerous trails raleted to stolen code....
many users nowadays have not experienced those days so i thought it to become urgent to remind
users about Mr. Microsoft and his behaviour - to avoid "bad wakeup" and surpise about future expectations....

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how the purchase of GitHub will affect Apple II programmers

Hi Speedy,

I saw the comments in the other thread: https://www.applefritter.com/comment/85110#comment-85110

> Speedy J
> Pointless post.
> I have not missed the post and I am aware that Microsoft has bought Github. But currently this is the largest resources of repositories for the Apple II that I can find. If in the future people decide to move to another service (ie. bitbucket) then I'll have a list for that.
> The point is give current information of projects that are going on or in development and keep
the Apple II in use.

I think we should stay out of the other thread -- I do find the listing helpful, and they do keep updating it with Apple II projects they find. I am not sure about the claim of it being the largest, but there are quite a few projects all sitting in this same basket.

This thread is the place to discuss, thanks again. I wasn't going to say anything else (because it would be "pointless", right?) until I noticed that mentioned in the current issue of Juiced.GS Volume 23, Issue 2, they are writing about "how Microsoft’s purchase of GitHub will affect Apple II programmers." http://a2central.com/7720/juiced-gs-v23i2-jun-2018/

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