How much open source is too much when it's in Microsoft's clutches? Eclipse Foundation boss sounds a note of alarm | 5/14/2019 | Staff
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Anyone still worry about the Microsoft monopoly? Executive director of the Eclipse Foundation Mike Milinkovich does.

Following GitHub's announcement of an integrated package registry, he snarked on Twitter:

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The Eclipse Foundation oversees numerous open-source projects including Jakarta EE, the open-source Java Enterprise Edition. It is also the home of the free Eclipse IDE, among the most popular IDEs for Java development.

One of the original Eclipse designers was Erich Gamma, who in 2011 joined Microsoft where he has worked on Visual Studio Code, Microsoft's open-source and cross-platform development tool.

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Visual Studio Code has been a remarkable success. A recent Stack Overflow survey ranked it as the most popular development environment overall. Eclipse still leads for Jakarta EE development, according to its own survey (PDF), though VS Code puts in a decent showing (considering it is a relative newcomer) at 28 per cent usage (below).

With GitHub, VS Code and now package registry, could Microsoft be too dominant? The Register asked Milinkovich to expand on his concerns.

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"Monoculture is likely the better word," he said. "GitHub + VS Code already represented a very large concentration. A properly curated, universal package manager is sorely needed, so they're definitely meeting a need. But wouldn't it be ironic if all paths used by open-source...
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