GitHub is used by an enormous variety of hackers, including us, so we wanted to learn more about its origins
- GitHub is a Corporation Registered in the State of Delaware
- GitHub was founded, April 10th, 2008
- GitHub's Founding Fathers:
- Tom Preston-Werner
- Chris Wanstrath
- PJ Hyett
- All of the original founders are still active with the exception of Tom Preston-Werner.
- GitHub is a private corporation and isn't publically traded
- GitHub has acquired the following companies:
- Easel - In Browser Web Design Tool Built for Collaboration
- Ordered List - Gauges, Speaker Deck, Harmony
- GitHub hasn't invested in any other companies
- Interestingly enough the first investment in GitHub was for $100M
- GitHub has 267 employees, some of which work at their HQ: 88 Colin P Kelly Jr St (at Brannan St), San Francisco, CA 94107, United States
Communications channels for GitHub
GitHub Conference Participation
Github and Government is a website dedicated to sharing open government efforts that involve Github
- Started January 20, 2013, most recent commit March 5, 2015
- Two people (benbalter and jlord) accept all of the pull requests
- benbalter and jlord seem to be the only two maintainers (BDFLs)
- The original developers have remained with the project the entire time.
- Development has been active throughout its lifetime
- The project would continue fine if one of the two main devs were eaten by a velociraptor
- No onboarding, since most of it is adding information instead of code
- Ruled by a pair of individuals who try to make sure data is complete and accurate
- Is this the kind of structure you would enjoy working in? Why, or why not?
- This structure is well-suited for this project, but maybe not for a code-based project
The Technology Behind GitHub
GitHub is powered completely by Git, a distributed source control system.
- Git was originally started by Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux kernel.
- Git was initially started to track the Linux kernel and was then used by other projects.
- Lots of people interested in working on the same set of files or tracking changes in files could potentially use Git.
GitHub Using Git
- Created to be a highly distributed SCM, GitHub based their entire product on using Git.
- GitHub now uses git as the tool it uses to track most of their repos and interface with GitHub.
- Contrary to popular belief, Git existed before GitHub. GitHub created a nice visual front end and a great central area for code repos.
Copyright Law and Creation of Git
- The Linux kernel was originally tracked in BitKeeper, a properitary SCM.
- Devs of BitKeeper resciended license to use it and the kernel was left in the cold.
- Linus became fed up and created his own that would be FOSS so that incident could never happen again.
Controversy over GitHub and Copyright
- GitHub is not open source, leading to an ironic situation that one of the most central sites for FOSS software isn’t FOSS itself.
- GitHub also has a default license that has been controversial over some of its terms.