Friday, 29 June 2018 10:05

Google also had its eye on GitHub, cloud chief says

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Google was interested in buying source code repository GitHub, the head of the company's cloud division, Diane Greene, has said during a speech.

Greene told an event organised by Fortune Magazine in San Francisco on Wednesday that she "wouldn’t have minded buying them, but it’s OK", the news agency Bloomberg reported.

Earlier this month, CNBC reported that Google was talking to GitHub for several weeks but did not offer anything close to the US$7.5 billion ($9.79 billion) that Microsoft offered for the source code repository.

The founder of GitHub, Chris Wanstrath, is said to have chosen Microsoft because of his relationship with chief executive Satya Nadella.

Microsoft has faced some disquiet after the sale was announced, with many developers leaving.

And last week, 97 open-source developers threatened to move their projects away from GitHub unless Microsoft ended its contract with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Google is also looking at other acquisitions and Greene is believed to have indicated that the company has an interest in open source vendor Red Hat which has obtained a number of certifications from the Department of Defence.

Part of the reason why Google is looking at Red Hat is to bolster its security credentials as it looks to bid for a huge Defence deal worth about US$10 billion known as the Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure, or JEDI, program.

Red Hat also supplies its products to the NSA, with the spook agency running its XKEYSCORE program — an application that The Intercept, the website run by journalist Glenn Greenwald, describes as NSA's Google for private communications — for the most part on Red Hat Linux servers.

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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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