Ideas are Cheap. Designs of those Ideas are not.

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The author Keivan Beigi developed AppGet, a software package manager for Windows. Microsoft reached Keivan to know the design detail of AppGet with a seemingly consensus on acqui-hiring. Then, Microsoft copied AppGet with no credit and launched WinGet. Note that the copy is legal because AppGet is open sourced.

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This story becomes a reminder. When we are going to share our design details with anyone, remember to consider possible consequences.