Tuesday, 09 October 2018 08:39

EU set to give Microsoft approval for GitHub deal: report

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Software giant Microsoft is set to get the approval of the European Union for its US$7.5 billion (A$9.79 billion at the time of the announcement) bid to buy source code repository GitHub, a report claims.

Reuters  quoted "two people familiar with the matter" as saying the approval would not attach any conditions to the bid which was announced on 4 June.

The EU said last month that it had set 19 October as a provisional deadline for giving its verdict on the acquisition.

When the deal was announced, GitHub had about 28 million developers working on 80 million repositories.

Microsoft has been one of the bigger code contributors to the site.

There has been mixed reaction to the acquisition, with open-source developers wary of the Redmond-based software giant's motives in buying GitHub.

One security researcher, Mustafa Al-Bassam, raised the possibility that the NSA could now gain access to the code of GitHub as Microsoft has, in the past, allowed the spy agency access to its systems.

The last big Microsoft acquisition approved by the EU was the purchase of LinkedIn for US$26 billion.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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