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Centralised Git Hosting Has a Business Model Which is Hostile Towards Developers' Interests (in Microsoft's Case, It's an Attack on Reciprocal Licensing and Persistent Manipulation)

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Summary: Spying, censoring, and abusing projects/developers/users are among the perks Microsoft found in GitHub; the E.E.E.-styled takeover is being misused for perception manipulation and even racism, so projects really need to take control of their hosting (outsourcing is risky and very expensive in the long run)

THIS thing called "Copilot" is weaponising the userbase and codebase Microsoft acquired from GitHub 3 years ago. We took a moment to look at who's behind it (Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part VIII) and next Monday we'll dive a little deeper into those matters.



"Gitlab.com is controlled by one company (indebted to shareholders) and sites that self-host with its software typically use some intentionally-crippled "community" [sic] edition of the same software..."The video above was recorded a couple of hours later to add some personal thoughts; it mentions that GitHub must be stubbornly avoided and GitLab isn't really a suitable replacement, either. Gitlab.com is controlled by one company (indebted to shareholders) and sites that self-host with its software typically use some intentionally-crippled "community" [sic] edition of the same software, which includes a lot of JavaScript (the Web was supposed to be pages, not some canvas for programs to run on like Flash).

Next week should be interesting because we're planning to get closer to the scandals which likely resulted in expulsion (they never frame it like that; it would make both the company and the employee look bad, repelling clients/shareholders) of Mr. Friedman [1, 2]. Is his friend still at GitHub? Where is his wife working now? Stay tuned. We have catching up to do.

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