Microsoft abandons own Source Depot to use Linux GIT !!


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https://itsfoss.com/microsoft-using-git/

Microsoft announced that they would start moving the Windows development team to Git back in February. This is all part of their OneCore project to unify the Windows development process to make it a modular and layered platform.

Microsoft’s previous version control system, SourceDepot, could not support the huge size of Windows development in one repo. Before the switch, it was divided up into 65 repos containing overlapping parts of Windows.

Git is a version control system used to keep track of changes made to files. It was originally created by the Father of Linux, Linus Torvalds.

So the wonderful Microsoft developers, an I guess there must be hundreds of em, funded by a multi billion dollar corporation, have thrown out their own software because it could not do the job.
An what did they do ?
They decided to use software that was invented by one person who developed GIT primarily for use with linux.
The question is will Microsoft put a decent chunk of the money they will save this year and next year an so on into open source.
I do not need a crystal ball to answer that, the answer is NO they will not. They may be sending any modifications upstream, they may even make a token donation to open source funding and they will put the extra profits they make into their own pockets.

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Shock as company switches to a new, more streamlined process.

From your own link:


Also, some backstory:
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/bharry/2017/02/03/scaling-git-and-some-back-story/


The Stack Overflow developer survey reported in 2015 that 69.3% of developers use Git; 36.9% use Subversion; 12.2% use TFS; and 7.9% use Mercurial.

So MS has tens of thousands of developers not just hundreds and they still could not make a decent program to handle their needs.
They claim to have open sourced the GIT patches they have made, and they deserve some credit for adding extra functionality to GIT, however only a couple of companies world wide will ever need their patches. The majority of the rest of the world were quite happy with Git as it was. If they did not open source their patches the backlash from the rest of the world would have made life hell for MS.
Why did they not refine their own software TFS ? It is obvious from the figures above that it is substandard stuff as all but a few folk use either GIT or Subversion. If TFS was any good developers would have used it as they are pretty canny folk.
An from your article,

Friction for new hires getting started due to an overabundance of “MS-only” tools

You have to laugh,

New Microsoft employees finding it hard to get started because all they have to use is Microsofts own tools.

Monty Pythonesque or what.

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Oh and not a word in that very long article you linked to about whether MS will donate any of the hundereds of millions of dollars they will save to open source projects.
 
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Microsoft and indeed Bill Gates himself donate billions each year.
 

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