Microsoft Github isn’t about social coding anymore: it is all for social conditioning now.
Yesterday Microsoft made another clear-cut action of posturing and virtue-signaling (much like their decision of not to sell certain technology to police departments). This time around they declared war on English language and made it clear to everybody that they are in a position to decide the meaning of the words for the rest of us. In particular, for the software development communities. Yes, I am talking about the contraversial and illogical step to remove common term “master” from their popular version control system Github.
Today, after almost ten years of being a customer, I have deleted my Github account and completely moved elsewhere. If you’re thinking about doing the same you can find ample alternatives from bitbucket.org to jetbrains.space with many options in between.
Replacing words in programming languages or changing their meaning has nothing to with social justice or better world. It is how big tech companies are flexing their muscles and exercise their control over software development crowd.
Submission or outright genocide through commercial meanings is what Microsoft was doing to Free Software and later Open-Source Software for years. This is what Microsoft keeps doing no matter how many times their management will say “we embraced open-source” or “we admit our mistakes in the past” – they still have the same agenda and they still do everything they can to submit open-source development to their command. Massive contributions into Linux Foundation and Apache Software Foundation are just that: a tactical moves to setup people who would be doing their bidding for them.
Perhaps open-source developers and other software professionals would hear this and hit Microsoft back exactly where it hurts: their P&L, user base and influence they should no longer have.
Hey LinkedIn – you’re next!
The first thing you see entering to the Strata 2013 exhibition is hugely tasteless Miscrosoft booth that is sitting in the premium spot of the floor right next to the front doors. Later update: don’t believe me: check this
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js This year BigData conference was largely focused on Hadoop and downstream technologies: HBase, Spark, and so on. As most of you would know, this technological niche is based on two open source whales: Java/JVM, and Linux. Now, unless you spent last 15 years on Mars, you would know that there’s no love lost between the Microsoft and open source community. And don’t hurry to blame open source for this endless assault. Check just a few results from Google search in vague chronological order ranging from 1998 to 2012:
And there are many other evidences that you can easily dig up by just scrolling through about 56,000,000 articles found by Google.
Some apologists might say “The Microsoft has changed lately”. Really? Banning Linux from booting on ARM based Windows 8 devices is just an honest mistake then, I presume.
Perhaps “It is their hardware and they can do whatever they are pleased” other pin-heads might say. Do I need to answer this? How about me paying for the hardware? Do I own it now? Or am I just leasing it from dudes up in Redmond, WA? Do I need to go down to basic economical explanations about natural law?
And after all these heinous things they are coming to the midst of the open source celebration like nothing happens. They even sponsored the lunch on the last day of the conference. I think people who ate that poisoned stuff might find themselves enslaved to Microsoft via some kinda of EULA or something.
But joking aside, do these guys have a nerve or what? May be MS thinks they now are a king of the hill just by virtue of hiring for legwork this certain startup, who’s founders did a lot of the Hadoop initial work? Judge for yourself.