About #GitHub Sponsorshttps://help.github.com/en/articles/about-github-sponsors
launched their tool (in beta) to allow any GitHub user to sponsor another GitHub user. This is hardly unexpected, this fits into their needs to tie #developers
deeper into their platform and also fits into the trends of #opensource
project maintainers, in charge of software doing critical things on every computer, web site and mobile device, shouting for #funding
Unsurprisingly also, a lot of people are criticising this move, saying it will "make developers even more tied to GitHub".
Of course it will. I have little love for GitHub as a company after the acquiring by Microsoft, but for what it has done to open source and free software one has to give it a lot of credit. It has enabled a countless amount of software developers and projects to host their #code
, network and most importantly find reusable code.
I'm happy about the #funding
possibilities for developers on GitHub. Open source needs funding. We need more platforms allowing people to fund developers. GitHub is just one of them. I wouldn't be surprised to see #GitLab
to follow or integration into some funding platforms to happen on that or the various other self-hosted code hosting platforms.