On Mon, Jun 04, 2018 at 07:25:49PM +0200, Matěj Cepl wrote:
On 2018-06-04, 16:06 GMT, Guido van Rossum wrote:
I don't see how this *increases* the uncertainty. Surely if GitHub had remained independent there would have been be similar concerns about how it would make enough money to stay in business.
Beacuse Microsoft is known to keep a money loosing venture around forever?
No, but Guido is right: neither is anyone else.
In that regard, Microsoft is probably *more* likely to keep pumping money into a failing business if it gives them a strategic advantage, compared to other investors with no long-term strategy other than "get aquired by Google/Microsoft/Oracle/Apple".
But on the other hand, Microsoft (or at least the bad old Microsoft of Bill Gates' days) has a long history of "Embrace, Extend, Extinguish" as policy:
(Not that Microsoft is the only big tech company that does/did this.)
Anyway, this is just all speculation at this point. In the short term, nothing changes, and it is too early to tell how it changes the long term.