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New Microsoft Overtakes Facebook And Google As GitHub Open Source King

By Jomar Teves , Sep 16, 2016 03:10 AM EDT
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Under the leadership of Satya Nadella, Microsoft has developed as a company that supports open source philosophy. The company has dumped its aggressive nature towards the very idea of open source and learned to embrace it.

In recent years, Microsoft made Visual Studio Code, PowerShell, Edge JavaScript engine, and significantly more open source. While some open source and Linux enthusiasts keep on questioning Microsoft's intentions, GitHub indicates otherwise.

GitHub, the hub of the open source programmers, has released new stats that share some of the highlights from the last twelve months. If you take a look at the list of companies with most employees contributing their code to open source projects hosted on GitHub, Microsoft steals the #1 crown with 16,419 contributors.

GitHub, the hub of the open source programmers, has released new stats that share some of the highlights from the last twelve months. If you take a look the rundown of companies with most employees contributing their code to open source projects hosted on GitHub, Microsoft takes the #1 crown with 16,419 contributors.

Redmond is followed by Facebook, another company that believes in developing new technologies and sharing their code. As indicated by current details, Facebook has 15,682 contributors, followed by Docker with 14,059, Angular with 12,841, and Google with 12,140.

Organizations with the most open source contributors

1. Microsoft - 16,419

2. Facebook - 15,682

3. Docker - 14,059

4. Angular - 12,841

5. Google - 12,140

6. Atom - 9,698

7. FortAwesome - 9,617

8. Elastic - 7,220

9. Apache - 6,999

10. Npm - 6,815

It should be noticed that this data is based on the publicly available information on GitHub. Many associations use GitHub's private mode to share their code. Still, when it comes to open source, this data shows that Microsoft isn't just preaching.

If you take a look at the list of top repositories with the most open source contributors, Microsoft's Visual Studio Code marks its presence with 5,885 contributors.

Repositories with the most open source contributors

1. FortAwesome/Font-Awesome - 10,654

2. docker/docker - 8,253

3. npm/npm - 7,041

4. Jlord/patchwork - 6,806

5. Facebook/react-native - 6,250

6. Microsoft/vscode - 5,855

7. Atom/atom - 5,745

8. FreeCodeCamp/FreeCodeCamp - 5,622

9. Angular/material - 4,355

10. Angular/angular - 4,217

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