|GitHub To Acquire npm|
|Written by Sue Gee|
|Tuesday, 17 March 2020|
Microsoft is purchasing npm, the package manager for Node.js. The intention is for npm to be freely available and their will be continued, paid for, support customers who use npm Pro, Teams, and Enterprise to host private registries.
npm's founder Isaac Schlueter prefaces his post announcing being purchased by GitHub on the npm blog with:
tl;dr – Good news!
and makes four salient points about it:
Schlueter's post explains that he created npm in 2009, formed a startup to save it going under in 2013 when it needed money to survive and has had a long-term desire to be squired by GitHub. Now that this has happened he writes:
Today, npm serves over 1.3 million packages to roughly 12 million developers, who download these things 75 billion times a month, and all of this is growing at a rate that ensures these massive numbers will seem small in a few years.
On the GitHub blog Nat Friedman says that the once the deal is closed investments will be made to ensure that npm is fast, reliable, and scalable and GitHub will focus too on improving the core experience and engaging with the community. He also notes:
“Looking further ahead, we’ll integrate GitHub and npm to improve the security of the open-source software supply chain, and enable you to trace a change from a GitHub pull request to the npm package version that fixed it.”
This all sounds like good news and to confirm that Microsoft can be good for Open Source, just as open source is good for Microsoft.
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|Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 March 2020 )|