Back in 2005, Linus Torvalds created Git to be his revision control system for the Linux kernel. In 2008 GitHub started as a small business running Git to provide revision control and repositories for software projects. Today GitHub has a million developers/users and 40 employees. One of the users is Linus Torvalds because kernel.org is temporarily down being rebuilt after the big intrusion.
No wonder GitHub broke under the load…
“SEPTEMBER 05, 2011 â€“ MAJOR INTERRUPTION OCCURRED
06:58 AM PST
Our DB and the frontend are friends again. The site is back up.
06:45 AM PST
Our DB has blacklisted one of our frontend hosts due to connection errors. We’re looking into it.”
Coincidence? Is it because Linux is one of the most active software projects in the world? These events show how fertile an ecosystem FLOSS is when the creator of Git unintentionally spawns a business serving the whole world and eventually “saving his bacon” by mirroring Linux. There’s no telling what will happen when you plant a seed.