Fascinating. A good read for all those FOSSy Microsoft lovers. https://drewdevault.com/2020/08/27/Microsoft-plays-their-hand.html
@lightweight Mentioning Microsoft there is such a clickbait and undeserved hate. The author is frustrated with the decline of his favored email-based workflow, which is understandable, but has nothing to do with corpo politics (for better or worse)
@vazub not hate, just disrespect. Do you think that disrespect is not warranted? I see you're no fan of Github...
@lightweight I am, indeed, no fan of either GitHub or Microsoft, but I do get a bit disappointed with articles like these, that are exploiting FUD arguments to promote their own agenda. We can analyze the article point by point, if you like, to see exactly what is wrong with it.
@lightweight Points debated:
4 - Alleged "extinguish" card by MS and Sarah Novotny.
Emotional description aside, it is referenced in attached article that Sarah comes from Google where she championed open-source strategy for Cloud Platform. I would say that is a plus one karma point in a background check at least. MS waging war against open source - this is also wrong. It was FLOSS that waged war against the monopolistic sloth MS became, and it was FLOSS that won everywhere except desktop yet.
@lightweight Additionally, Sarah shared her thoughts in a reply to a question about Linus's concern for finding maintainers. While not the primary reason and not for Linux only, I support the notion that email-based flow is clunky, cumbersome and a thing of the past. In the end, GitHub became popular for a reason - it provided a modern tool that won over the devs. This is life, that is how evolution works, even if you don't like it.
@lightweight Moreover, EEE-strategy and "extinguishing" makes sense when we are talking about stifling competition in favour of your proprietary product. How does that work for MS so far? What proprietary product would win that doesn't have FLOSS alternative implementation? And why the duality of MS/GitHub vs sourcehut competition? It is like no one else exists in the market? Mentioned other Git hostings in other threads already.
@vazub I've agree with your first 3 points. Not agreeing with this assessment, though. Corporation co-option of F(L)OSS communities, particularly those who have developed a dependence on corporate resources, is a defeat for those communities, not a victory. F(L)OSS is better, yes, but the power is still wielded by the corporations rather than the more worthy communities because of people like Sarah who think that corporations can be 'fixed'. They can't be.
@vazub Where F(L)OSS has lost a lot, I think, is in the fact that Microsoft (and Github before it) have successfully driven a wedge between FL^OSS, to the point where OSS is no longer seen (as it was when I first became passionate about FOSS) as including Free/Libre Software. That, to me, is a tragedy, as is the movement towards "more permissive" licenses encouraged by proprietary interests and, sadly, taken up by the new gen of devs, which has undermined most of our past triumphs.
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