07.29.21

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GitHub is Racism

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Microsoft at 10:56 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum c41ffe862dec43fc3d5658a460becfae

Summary: Microsoft has the world’s most racist code hosting repository; it wasn’t like this when Microsoft took over as the racist policies were added to impress Donald Trump, who would later rig a procurement/tendering process to bail out Microsoft (10 billion dollars from the Pentagon, i.e. taxpayers)

WHEN Microsoft bought GitHub it was in better shape than it would be in the following year. Lots of staff left in protest, many projects and users also objected strongly. Even today I can see in GitHub that quite a few prominent GNU/Linux developers quit pushing/committing (based on timelines) around the time Microsoft took over. But somehow we’re supposed to think that everything outside GitHub simply does not exist. As if either you’re in GitHub or you simply do not exist!

“As for the above researchers, they’re limiting a study only to data from Microsoft, which may make this study worthless (inaccurate, owing to selection bias).”The video above concerns a more sensitive subject (see iTWire’s “Ethnicity and race may determine which open-source software projects in GitHub may be accepted; White had more projects than Asian, Black, and Hispanic: study”) and I’d prefer to limit how much I write as it can be taken out of context by opportunistic trolls who leave out nuance and intentions. Most of what I have to say is in the video; in short, GitHub is not “Open Source” but merely a proprietary trap for projects gullible enough to outsource to it… and suffer in the long run (there’s a hidden cost).

Many GitHub-choosing projects are basically OK with nationalism and racism because they make the decision to exclude quite a few countries from participation or even mere access. As for the above researchers, they’re limiting a study only to data from Microsoft, which may make this study worthless (inaccurate, owing to selection bias). It’s like doing a study on mental stability with only a set of people recently released from (or still residing in) prison whilst omitting this critical detail.

“Tolerant people would never use GitHub. Choosing GitHub for coding or for hosting is basically choosing to embrace racism.”While discrimination (against coders) probably happens not only in GitHub, it’s important that GitHub tends to attract ‘hit and runners’ (that’s why Linus Torvalds detests GitHub and refuses to bother with it). GitHub tends to attract rookies and novices, not the real geeks who have extensive experience with code (and can deal just fine with command line tools and text-only E-mail).

Regarding discrimination against committers (based on presumptions), we’ve seen similar studies before (regarding gender, not race). It’s rather clear and very much evident that GitHub is profiting from racism (we give some examples in the video), in fact so overt a case of racist cull that GitHub is excluding whole countries and people associated with those countries (even if they don’t live there; so it’s about race, which cannot be changed!) and GitHub employs nazi apologists.

Tolerant people would never use GitHub. Choosing GitHub for coding or for hosting is basically choosing to embrace racism.

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