- By John K. Waters
- March 19, 2020
GitHub CEO Nat Friedman announced the acquisition in a blog post, but offered no details about the financial terms of the deal.
In his blog post, Friedman promised that GitHub would invest in the npm Registry and platform, and that the command-line interface will "remain free and open source." GitHub will continue to support customers that use the paid npm Pro, Teams, and Enterprise products for hosting private registries, he said.
Friedman also explained that GitHub has been working to integrate npm packages with GitHub Packages, and that it will facilitate the migration of private npm packages to GitHub Packages sometime later this year.
Those sorts of details were affirmed in a Monday blog post by Isaac Z. Schlueter, npm's chief open technology officer. He indicated that the npm public registry will still be free to use. He expressed enthusiasm for the GitHub acquisition as it will serve to maintain the npm registry over time.
npm, which is based in Oakland, Calif., is a startup founded in 2014 to provide an open source package manager for Node.js. Microsoft bought GitHub, an open source code repository, in 2018 for $7.5 billion in Microsoft stock. At the time, Microsoft promised that GitHub would remain an open platform and said it would operate as a separate entity. GitHub claims to support more than 28 million developers.
John K. Waters is the editor in chief of a number of Converge360.com sites, with a focus on high-end development, AI and future tech. He's been writing about cutting-edge technologies and culture of Silicon Valley for more than two decades, and he's written more than a dozen books. He also co-scripted the documentary film Silicon Valley: A 100 Year Renaissance, which aired on PBS. He can be reached at [email protected].