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[–] [email protected] 13 points 3 months ago (2 children)

There's quite a series of leaps of logic here.

Because Google (not Microsoft) released a project under the BSD license (an open source license) but "everyone on Lemmy" doesn't think it's open source, therefore a hosting site owned by Microsoft (not Google) is not "open source."

I'm not even sure what is meant by GitHub being "open source." It's a hosting provider, not an actual piece of software. The site itself doesn't have a source license. The individual repositories can have licenses, which can be whatever the user who created the repository sets it to be - including open source licenses. Do you mean GitHub Desktop? Microsoft released that under the MIT license. And you don't need GitHub Desktop to use GitHub anyway.

[–] 4z01235 4 points 3 months ago (1 children)

GitHub is a git hosting provider, but it also has its own service software for all the peripherals - organizations, issues, pull requests, all the user account management stuff, etc. AFAIK those parts are mostly/all proprietary.

[–] [email protected] 4 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago) (1 children)

So we've moved from "GitHub is not open source" to "GitHub has some support software for peripheral features that is not open-source?" I'm definitely failing to see the rant-worthiness of it at this point. It's certainly not monopolistic, platforms like GitLab and Bitbucket also provide these features. And I'd bet that some of them have their own proprietary software to support these things too.

[–] 4z01235 3 points 3 months ago (1 children)

"We" haven't moved anywhere, I just chimed in for the first time with my interpretation of what the other person was talking about. Jeez.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

"We" as in the conversation as a whole. You joined an ongoing thread.

[–] Resol 2 points 3 months ago

Insanely useful info. Thanks.