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Microsoft Is Shutting Down CodePlex (venturebeat.com) 45

Microsoft corporate vice president Brian Harry announced in a blog post today that they are shutting down CodePlex, its service for hosting repositories of open source software. "As of this post, we've disabled the ability to create new CodePlex projects," Harry wrote. "In October, we'll set CodePlex to read-only, before shutting it down completely on December 15th, 2017." VentureBeat reports: While people will be able to download an archive of their data, Microsoft is teaming up with GitHub, which provides similar functionality for hosting code that people can collaborate on, to give users "a streamlined import experience" to migrate code and related content there. "Over the years, we've seen a lot of amazing options come and go but at this point, GitHub is the de facto place for open source sharing and most open source projects have migrated there," Harry wrote. Microsoft has been leaning in more and more to GitHub in the past few years. It moved the CNTK deep learning toolkit from CodePlex to GitHub last year. Today Microsoft's GitHub organization has more than 16,000 open source contributors, Harry wrote. And last year GitHub itself made a big deal about Microsoft's adoption of GitHub. At the same time, CodePlex has rotted. In the past month people have made commits to fewer than 350 projects, Harry wrote. GitHub is based on the Git open source version control software, which keeps track of changes by multiple people. People can move code to alternative systems like Atlassian's Bitbucket and Microsoft's Visual Studio Team Services, Harry wrote. The startup GitLab also offers hosting for open and closed source projects.

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    I was going to say "about time!", but then I realized how good it was to keep Microsoft code constrained to a single site without polluting the rest of the internet.

  • I've found a bunch of useful software there that has been abandoned and not been moved to Github. Why shut it down? They could've made one guy have a part time job watching over it, and kept the stuff running on Azure.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      it's called 'not making money' or in amazon-speak, 'CRAP' (can't realize a profit). google does it all the time with their 'free' services, why should microsoft be any different?

      besides, microsoft really does NOT want people writing software for windows for distribution outside of the "store", where they can track installs, users, and collect their cut of any money that comes in.

  • Github monoculture (Score:4, Interesting)

    by manu0601 ( 2221348 ) on Friday March 31, 2017 @09:28PM (#54155803)

    It seems we are moving toward a Github monoculture. That will turn it into a high value target for attackers.

    The ironic point is that git nice point is to be distributed, and despite this, we move to a single central hub.

    • Even with git, you still need a centralized repository for management and integration. The "distributed" part simply means you don't have to connect to a central server to get your own work done, since everyone has a full copy of the repository locally, and can *work* on it locally. If Github shut down tomorrow and stayed down for a time, it wouldn't impact my ability to work on any GitHub-based code already on my machine - only management of it (pull requests, bug reports, etc).

  • I find it ironic that Microsoft is pushing everybody over to using GIT since it was created by Linus Torvalds to help the community develop and manage code for Linux better.
  • I don't get it. Microsoft is moving their stuff from CodePlex to github. But Microsoft offers VSTS [microsoft.com], which is their own service that competes with github. They both provide git + a web UI for bug tracking, releasing, pull requests, etc. Why would they move to github instead of to VSTS? And why would they make a migration tool that migrates to github instead of VSTS? This is like Microsoft deciding to cancel Windows Vista, and making a migration tool that migrates to Linux instead of to Windows 10. Did

  • I didn't have any special reason to love CodePlex, but I'm still sorry to see it and so many other such services go.

    As nice as Github's features are, electing a single organization (inevitably with its own political agenda) as the planet's one source for development repos is a tremendously bad idea. Way too much concentration of power for abuse and way too low an organizational bus factor in case something goes wrong.

    I've been pleased with the changes made here at Slashdot and at SourceForge since Dice sold

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