This is the biggest news of the week: Microsoft has acquired GitHub for 7.5 billion dollars.
For those who don’t know, GitHub is a popular code repository hosting service that allows developers to host their projects, documentation, and code in the cloud using the popular Git source management system, invented in 2005 by Linux founder Linus Torvalds.
GitHub is used by many developers and giant tech companies like Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, and IBM to store their corporate code and privately collaborate on software, but Microsoft is one of the top contributors to the web-hosting service.
GitHub opted to sell to Microsoft in part because it was impressed with the performance and leadership of Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella, who has pushed the company to embrace open source technology.
The decision to sell GitHub has impaled fear into the developers and open source community hearts. Soon after the big news, some Twitter users have started proclaiming the death of GitHub and open source software, and probably many will consider migrating to rival services such as BitBucket or GitLab.
The concern is fully rational and understandable, despite the company’s lack of a CEO and money woes, GitHub holds a privileged position in the software development ecosystem which plays an important role.
GitHub is also the place where many cybersecurity researchers post their proof of concept work that many hackers use it in their malware and because of that companies and individual people must take certain precautions against this growing phenomenon of unrestricted use of open source software; for that they should implement at least a cybersecurity solution, like an antivirus, to protect their systems. Necessary things like regularly updating operating systems, using antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac depending on which OS your device is using. Companies must also hire professional cybersecurity firms to do regular checkups to their internal network a couple of times per year. These checkups must always include a penetration test and various ethical hacking test.
Without any doubt, GitHub is a hub of the open source world, with 80 million code repositories hosted on the site. There is a real an present danger because Microsoft has once opposed to such open-source software development, with its ex-CEO Steve Ballmer describing Linux as “cancer.”
However, it seems that Nadella moved the company away from complete dependence on its Windows OS, right into the development on Linux. The thing probably will be good because Microsoft even brought Linux to Windows, via the Windows Subsystem for Linux.
Until now Microsoft’s largest acquisition to date was LinkedIn, the job-oriented professional social network it acquired in 2015 for $26 billion.
By owning both LinkedIn and GitHub, Microsoft will be in a position that will expand and strengthen LinkedIn. Also, the acquisition will give Microsoft access to a wealth of data and millions of software developers.
GitHub was last valued at $2 billion in 2015, and now Microsoft will pay 7.5 billion to acquire it.
Neither Microsoft nor GitHub has commented on the acquisition deal.
Keep in mind that your private data has a significant value that must be protected by at least cybersecurity solution like an antivirus. Depending on which OS your device is running, install an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac for total protection. Companies must take an extra step and hire a professional cybersecurity firm that will run various cybersecurity tests on your company’s network to implement only the best possible cybersecurity solution. Always opt for a package that includes at least a penetration test and ethical hacking test. For companies that exist 100% online, we recommend the using of cyber-secured web hosting services.