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Linus on GIT and SCM 392

An anonymous reader sends us to a blog posting (with the YouTube video embedded) about Linus Torvalds' talk at Google a few weeks back. Linus talked about developing GIT, the source control system used by the Linux kernel developers, and exhibited his characteristic strong opinions on subjects around SCM, by which he means "Source Code Management." SCM is a subject that coders are either passionate about or bored by. Linus appears to be in the former camp. Here is his take on Subversion: "Subversion has been the most pointless project ever started... Subversion used to say, 'CVS done right.' With that slogan there is nowhere you can go. There is no way to do CVS right."
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Linus on GIT and SCM

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  • how to learn git? (Score:5, Informative)

    by zojas ( 530814 ) <> on Saturday June 02, 2007 @10:36PM (#19367759) Homepage
    I've tried to use git, and I feel like if you want to do anything more than commit, you have to jump off a cliff which has serious spikes at the bottom. seriously, if you want to learn how to do more than 1 or 2 of the simplest operations with it, you have to invest serious time. I tried, and never could get there.

    anybody have a good tutorial? (not the crappy one which comes with it)

    I'm not an SCM rube either. I've competently used tla (arch), darcs, and of course CVS. but git just seems too hard to use. damn fast though.

  • by paroneayea ( 642895 ) on Saturday June 02, 2007 @10:46PM (#19367815) Homepage
    ... And that is that CVS/SVN are centralized, while GIT is distributed, like GNU Arch.

    There are appropriate uses to both of these, and in kernel development I think it makes sense to have distributed development. However, in smaller projects, which really *need* a very specific direction (example, Wesnoth, I would think would not have gotten where it is today if there were so many branches where people were all making their own art).

    Linus is enough of a famed leader that he's going to be listened to, and thus kind of pulls the community around him as a central source of development. That's not necessarily going to happen everywhere.
  • Re:Why winge? (Score:5, Informative)

    by RedWizzard ( 192002 ) on Saturday June 02, 2007 @10:49PM (#19367829)

    CVS and Subversion are open source projects, Linus should fix them.
    He did fix them: he wrote GIT. He's no really whinging, he's saying "I wrote this tool because the other options are crap".
  • Re:Linus knows it. (Score:2, Informative)

    by statusbar ( 314703 ) <> on Saturday June 02, 2007 @10:51PM (#19367843) Homepage Journal
    I personally like how git has excellent Microsoft Windows support... It makes it a great tool for use with Altium PCB design software [] because of the handy svn->git compatibility tools that git has for windows. It allows all people in the enterprise to use git, regardless of the platform that they use.

    Most definitely bettern than SVN, right? ;-)

  • Re:git (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 02, 2007 @11:06PM (#19367915)
    Linus's position as Linus kernel project leader may make him knowledgable about what makes a good source control system for Linux's distributed development model, but if he thinks that one size fits all for source control then he's definitely talking out of his ass and out of his area of expertise.
  • Re:Linus knows it. (Score:5, Informative)

    by CastrTroy ( 595695 ) on Saturday June 02, 2007 @11:18PM (#19367977) Homepage
    You might want to check out TortoiseSVN if you're using svn on windows. It makes version control really easy, and you don't even have to touch the command line.
  • by Black Acid ( 219707 ) on Saturday June 02, 2007 @11:24PM (#19368003)
    The ultimate reason why Linus dislikes SVN, CVS, etc. is that it is centralized. Everyone checks out source from a central server and commits their changes to the same centralized area. This has problems: your workspace is not versioned. By this I mean, you cannot track local changes to your workspace without committing them to the central server.

    A common pattern in development is to try one approach, test it, tweak it, and possibly try another approach if the first did not work out, perhaps reverting to a prior approach. With decentralized version control, you can commit your changes to a local repository and work from there. All the locally changes you make are versioned, and be committed, checked out, examined all without contacting a central repository. This is ideal, because you often want to try various options to find the one that works best, before pushing your changes to the rest of the world. In centralized version control, you can use a branch for this purpose, but often branches in these systems are difficult to either create, merge, or maintain, so they are rarely used. The end result is that with centralized version control, developers version their workspace in their head. DVCS systems remove the mental burden.

    Fortunately, FOSS developers are realizing the usefulness of DVCS and major projects are converting to some form of DVCS. Mozilla is switching to Mercurial []. The Pidgin [] project, which just released 2.0.1, is using Monotone []. (Linus favorably mentioned both of these distributed version control systems in his Git talk, as they are both are distributed).

    Once you accept that DVCS is better than the centralized model (which may not be true for some situations), only a few (but growing number of) version control systems are viable. This is currently a hot area in open source development, with software such as GNU Arch, Monotone, Mercurial, Git, Darcs, Bazaar, and more paving the way. Many open source DVCS's are still in development and not ready for general usage. I can't speak for Mercurial, but Monotone doesn't have the greatest performance, instead preferring integrity over speed. This led Linus to write git, since speed is very crucial for a large project like the Linux kernel.

    Whatever the actual program (git, Mercuial, or Monotone), more and more open source developers are realizing the advantages that distributed version control can offer. I encourage all developers that haven't used any DVCS to try it -- once you do, you won't go back.
  • Re:how to learn git? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 02, 2007 @11:28PM (#19368025)

    # set up new project
    cd project
    git init
    git add .
    git commit -a -m "Initial commit"
    # edit a file
    vi file.php
    git commit -a
    # add a file
    vi new.php
    git add new.php
    git commit -a
    # see the log
    git log
    # make a branch
    git branch working
    git checkout working
    # or in one step
    git checkout -b working
    # add some changes to this branch
    vi file.php
    # see what you changed
    git status
    # check it in
    git commit -a
    # see all branches
    git branch
    # go back to the first branch (initial branch is called "master" by default)
    git checkout master
    # make some other changes
    vi other.php
    git commit -a
    # merge the working branch into this one
    git merge working
    # see the branches and merges in a graphical browser
    gitk --all
    # let's do a log of all commits in "working" that don't exist in "master"
    git log master..working
    # hmm let's undo that last merge (tip of branch is HEAD, one commit back is HEAD^.. we are "popping" one commit)
    git reset --hard HEAD^
    # push your changes out (push the tip of local "master" branch to remote "incoming" branch)
    git push master:incoming
    # pull changes from another repo (remote "feature1" into local "feature1" branch)
    git pull feature1
    # move the branch point of the "working" branch to the top of the "master" branch
    git checkout working
    git rebase master
    It can get a LOT more complex of course.

    When you're starting out, just remember "git commit -a" and you'll be fine. Also check out "git reflog" to see the linear history of your repo. The pulling/pushing stuff can get a lot more complex but it's damn powerful. If you can figure out Arch (yeesh) you can figure out git!

    SLASHDOT SEZ: you have too few characters per line. Okay, slashdot, here's part of the man page for git-rebase:

    If is specified, git-rebase will perform an automatic git checkout before doing anything else. Otherwise it remains on the current branch. All changes made by commits in the current branch but that are not in are saved to a temporary area. This is the same set of commits that would be shown by git log ..HEAD. The current branch is reset to , or if the --onto option was supplied. This has the exact same effect as git reset --hard (or ).If is specified, git-rebase will perform an automatic git checkout before doing anything else. Otherwise it remains on the current branch. All changes made by commits in the current branch but that are not in are saved to a temporary area. This is the same set of commits that would be shown by git log ..HEAD. The current branch is reset to , or if the --onto option was supplied. This has the exact same effect as git reset --hard (or ).If is specified, git-rebase will perform an automatic git checkout before doing anything else. Otherwise it remains on the current branch. All changes made by commits in the current branch but that are not in are saved to a temporary area. This is the same set of commits that would be shown by git log ..HEAD. The current branch is reset to , or if the --onto option was supplied. This has the exact same effect as git reset --hard (or ).
  • Re:Linus knows it. (Score:5, Informative)

    by statusbar ( 314703 ) <> on Saturday June 02, 2007 @11:31PM (#19368043) Homepage Journal
    I use SVN on windows, mac os x, linux (ubuntu, debian, fedora) as well as netbsd. TortoiseSVN works great on windows especially for the point and click style users who need to use SCM. SvnX works great on Mac OS X. Altium PCB designer works great with the svn command line tools and shows graphical diffs of our circuit boards. But for some reason, Tortoise SVN and svn.exe are unable to access a GIT repositiory.

    In addition, git works well for simple projects but not so well for projects that have many different related subprojects which share code.

      For instance, our SVN repository holds everything needed for an entire product, including embedded linux with busybox, initrd and custom software and libraries - as well as DSP source code for two different add on cards, the GUI for mac, windows, and linux, the docutils xml file for the various manuals, and manufacturing and test code.

    I'd love to use git once it attains the required maturity level so that I can do what I need with it.

  • by koreth ( 409849 ) * on Saturday June 02, 2007 @11:33PM (#19368053)
    Nothing about git prevents you from establishing a repository and telling all your developers that it's the central integration point for your project. It supports svn-style centralized development just fine. (In fact, it even interoperates bidirectionally with existing svn repositories, though you lose some of the advanced features.) The difference is it doesn't force you into a centralized model.
  • by Black Acid ( 219707 ) on Saturday June 02, 2007 @11:35PM (#19368063)
    You hit the nail on the head. Distributed version control often comes with superior merging, making the process less painful and encouraging it to occur frequently. Monotone employs a 3-way merge [], Codeville has an innovative merging algorithm [], and some may even support 5-way merging [] ("left's immediate ancestor, left, merged, right, right's immediate ancestor") in the future.

    In my experience, nearly all merges occur automatically and cleanly. Only if two developers modified code in conflicting areas of the source code do you have to merge manually--and even then, only one person has to do it. It is much better to have merging operate automatically and transparently when possible, than to have to have two people manually coordinate each and every one of their changes beforehand.
  • by Black Acid ( 219707 ) on Saturday June 02, 2007 @11:57PM (#19368167)

    Its been over a year so I don't remember the details of GIT, but I remember having to do a lot of things "twice". Need to do a checkout? Two commands. Need to commit? Two commands. It was a bitch to use and I am glad I'm done with it. SVN, on the other hand, I felt very comfortable with from the start

    Most distributed version control systems exhibit this phenomena, because by "checking out" you are actually doing two operations: pulling the latest changes from someone else, and updating your workspace. For example, in Monotone you would type (I imagine git operates similarly):

    mtn pull
    mtn update

    The first command retrieves revisions from the server, and the second updates your workspace with those new changes. To "commit" a change, in a distributed version control system you first 1) commit the change to your local repository and then 2) push it to someone else:

    mtn commit
    mtn push

    It is often useful to keep these operations separate. For example, you can commit without pushing. Make a bunch of changes, commit each one separately, and only push once you're satisfied with the result. Other developers can still see each change you made individually, but only after you've pushed, so they won't be stuck with an incomplete in-progress version of the tree.

    Similarly, by being able to update without pulling, you can revert to any revision you would like without contacting the network. Likewise, since commit does not require network access, it is no extra effort to work offline. Once an Internet connection is available, you can synchronize your repositories, but in the meantime you can make any change you want - even with no network connection.

    The main disadvantage of a decentralized version control system is that it requires workflow changes [] to get the most out of it. If you are only familiar with centralized version control systems, it will take some time getting used to. But I'm glad to say, an increasing number of projects are making the change to distributed version control [], among them, Mozilla and Pidgin. They are not using Git (but Mercurial and Monotone, respectively) but they're all distributed. Git is being used by the Beryl [] project, among others. Subversion has momentum in FOSS because it is familiar for those used to centralized version control (everyone knows CVS), and SourceForge [] provides free SVN hosting. Once a free open source hosting site provides hosting for a distributed version control system, I expect more low-resource open source projects to use it.
  • by Frankie70 ( 803801 ) on Saturday June 02, 2007 @11:58PM (#19368171)

    So don't do it

    Wow! I bet you have never worked on anything other than hobby

    Most projects I have worked on cannot do without branching &
    branching big & I am not talking about branches created for
    individual devs.

    What do you do if you have make patches on an earlier release(s)?
    What do you do if your project team has 50 devs working on
    5 different modules inside? If one guy makes a buggy submit
    it will break every one else? Typically each team does weekly
    sanity tests & then propagates the changes to the main.

    Yeah - and I agree with Linus - CVS is rubbish.

    Have used CVS, Clearcase & Source Depot. Source Depot
    is a Microsoft internal Source Control system. Microsoft
    licensed Perforce & developed on it. I used to work with
    MS long back & Source Depot was the best Source Control
    System I have ever used.

    CVS lacks too many features.
    1) Atomic checkins/submits
        I am trying to submit changes in 5 files as a single bugfix.
    A submit/checkin should either succeed for all 5 or fail for all 5.
    CVS doesn't do this. The end result is that I may end up submitting
    a change in the header without submitting a correspond change in the
    implementation file.

    2) Changelists
        After checking in multiples files together, at any point in time, I should
    be able to find out all the changes that were checked in at the same time.
    CVS has no way of doing this - Submitting 5 files together is the same as
    submitting 5 files separately as far as CVS is concerned.

    3) More Changelist features for non-submitted changes
    Let us say I am working on 3 different bugfixes. Source Depot allows me
    group together my changes in different changelists even before I
    submit the changes. That is I can create changelist A B & C.
    In changelist A - I have files a.c & a1.c changed, in changelist
    B, I have b.c & b1.c changed & so on. So I decide I am done with
    all the changes required in the subset A, I can submit it very easily
    or undo all changes in changelist B.

    4) Merges
    Merges between branches are a breeze with Source Depot. With CVS it's
    a pain. Source Depot stores a lot of information about merges which have
    already happened which in invaluable. In CVS, merges between branches
    are very little more than changes manually copied from one branch to
    I can do a lot of stuff which I can't do with CVS
    - I can very trivally merge Bugfix 1111 (comprising of 5 files
    checked into changelist XXXX) from a branch to another branch or
    the main trunk.
    - Because Source Depot stores information about merges, I can do periodic
    single command merges very easily between a branch & the trunk - Source Depot
    will not try to merge in changes which have already been merged the last
    time I did a merge.

    I could go on & on, but the point is that something Source Depot makes
    a developers life so much more easier. I could work around all these
    things in CVS (i.e. do it in multiple steps) but the ease is something
    worth paying for I think. If Microsoft ever released Source Depot
    as a commercial product, it would be great, but I don't suppose their
    license with Perforce would allow it.

  • by c ( 8461 ) <> on Sunday June 03, 2007 @12:29AM (#19368259)
    > In any project where you have people who are going to fight about who gets commit
    > access, you'll just have a fight about who has the ability to merge into mainstream.

    I really wish he would have addressed that question a little more directly, too.

    I think the problem is that you're thinking about it from a classic centralized development model. I have some trouble getting my head around it, too.

    Basically, from a truly distributed SCM perspective, there is no "mainstream". All branches are equal. Obviously this isn't quite the case with Linux, but bear with me here.

    If you've got good code, what happens is that your changes get merged into more branches than bad code. The more popular your code, the more stuff gets built on top of it. If your code is good enough, eventually it gets into the "mainstream" simply by being an unavoidable dependency for other code.

    Quality (or quantity) of code rules.

    Politics are only an issue, then, if someone tries to bypass this process by skipping their changes right into the most "popular" branches. But this means they have to convince the owners of those branches to merge it. And while it's really hard to ignore changes from someone with commit access in a centralized SCM, ignoring someone in a distributed SCM is just a killfile away.

  • by Procyon101 ( 61366 ) on Sunday June 03, 2007 @12:48AM (#19368355) Journal
    So, how do you take that diff, revert half of it back to server's version, begin coding a completely new direction, realize you were right the first time, go back to the original dif you took, then pull in half the stuff you did while doing the wrong thing, finish coding and push the commit back to the server?

    You can't because subversion has no client side version control.
  • by Senjutsu ( 614542 ) on Sunday June 03, 2007 @01:25AM (#19368501)

    Making a copy is not the same as making a branch. ... And for fucks sake Subversion, creating a copy in a directory called "tags" is not the same as making an actual tag.
    The way subversion does "copies" (there is no duplication of shared data between copied directories), there is no difference in practice.
  • by Black Acid ( 219707 ) on Sunday June 03, 2007 @01:45AM (#19368571)
    Monotone's inode prints [] (which, incidentially, Linus was a major contributor of []) can speed up some things, but the initial pull of a large repository is still unacceptably slow. The Pidgin developers have worked around [] this performance bottleneck by supplying bzip2'd Monotone databases via http, which the developer then can sync with the latest repository on to obtain an up-to-date database with the latest changes. Partial pulls should partially fix this problem in a future release of Monotone, or so I hear.

    For what it's worth, I use Monotone daily and find the performance acceptable. For the record, Linus used Monotone at a particularly bad time it its development cycle [], when it was very slow and the main designer was on vacation. Nonetheless, the Monotone developers emphasize correctness and integrity over speed, and Mercurial and Git were direct responses to the performance of Monotone. Still, the performance of Monotone is always improving.
  • There are a couple things.

    Everyone has a complete tree so everyone can push patches between themselves. Linus doesn't have to accept it into his own tree. That cuts down on the politics. Before everyone had they're own tar ball and push patches around but you lose history and it takes more work.

    The other thing is that it's easier to delegate political questions. Lets say Linus pulls networking patches without even looking at them. The networking maintainer gets to deal with all the political issues. This is how it worked before but it was all manual and you lose all the commit comments etc.

  • by iabervon ( 1971 ) on Sunday June 03, 2007 @02:08AM (#19368641) Homepage Journal
    The advantage is that MergePrivileges can be fine-grained: there can be many answers for "merge into what?" There's a -mm tree, a -stable tree, a -linus tree, a -rt tree, and a lot of vendor and distro trees. Each of these has a different maintainer, and can have a different idea of what is acceptable. And only the maintainer can merge things into their tree, and they can decide based on a variety of features of the things they're considering. For example, Linus only merges from a few people directly: maintainers of various subsystems. And he doesn't even trust them completely; if the SD/MMC maintainer has a change which changes x86 architecture code in the tree Linus is asked to merge, he'll notice and ask what's up with that. And if there are changes that look too intrusive for the current point in the development cycle, he'll put it off until the next cycle, and ask for a tree with just fixes. And -linus isn't special, except that almost everybody trusts him implicitly and merges his stuff into their trees (the main exception being -stable, which is why a new 2.6.20.x kernel isn't derived from 2.6.21; and vendor and distro kernels are generally based on -stable of some sort, and only get new stuff from Linus when they go to a new series). Also, maintainers of subsystems know the people who work in their areas, and can apply the same sorts of rules: the guy from Intel who works on their network drivers can get e100 changes into the the -netdev tree, because the maintainer knows they know what they're doing for e100 changes. And Linus sees that the e100 changes are coming in through -netdev, and the network maintainer knows what policy to apply to the drivers around there, so they're fine, even if Linus has no clue who should be allowed to do what in e100.

    It's not that the politics go away. It's that the policy is no longer a binary "yes or no" decision, so the technical arrangement mirrors the social arrangement. This doesn't work with CommitAccess because people wouldn't commit the same change everywhere they should, and they couldn't be restricted to only making changes they're trusted to make (there are people who are trusted to correct spelling in comments in any file in the tree, and Linus can look through the total changes they send and verify that they only change spelling in comments).
  • So use SVK (Score:3, Informative)

    by Phil John ( 576633 ) <phil AT webstarsltd DOT com> on Sunday June 03, 2007 @04:12AM (#19369221)

    So Use SVK, which uses the base libraries of Subversion (the atomic, versioning filesystem ones which are heavily tested and work very well) and uses them to build a distributed SCM. []

  • by Ash-Fox ( 726320 ) on Sunday June 03, 2007 @05:54AM (#19369597) Journal

    I would like to watch the video, but it seems impossible without flash. Anybody got a link to download the video file?
    Here is the video file, =4XpnKHJAok8 []
  • Re:Source Safe (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 03, 2007 @06:17AM (#19369703)
    VSS does know about diffs. It stores them in files named aaaaaa, aaaaab, ..., aaaargh, etc.

    That's because instead of using a 'real' database, it's borrowed an ancient unix tradition: using the file system as data store. There really isn't that much difference: other source management systems put them in tables, with rows that just might be labeled 1, 2, ..., 666, etc. Users don't see the labels, so they don't use them to mock the system.

    And it can't be the worst product ever, not even in its own category. CVS already has that honor.

    And Linus may be right, but he's wrong. There's no way to make CVS better, but subversion started off as an atempt to make a versioning system that explicitly avoids CVS's known drawbacks and pitfalls, and they're doing a damn good job at it.

  • Actual Youtube link (Score:5, Informative)

    by beegle ( 9689 ) on Sunday June 03, 2007 @07:10AM (#19369907) Homepage []

    This is the video from the article. You can either watch it in the tiny embedded window, or you can go to youtube and click the button to watch it full-screen.

    Look, posters: if you're going to point to a video that's hosted on YouTube (or another video hosting site), just link to that site. Don't link to some random web page that has the video embedded in it.
  • Re:Why winge? (Score:3, Informative)

    by bensch128 ( 563853 ) <> on Sunday June 03, 2007 @07:15AM (#19369933)
    SCMs like SVN and perforce are fundamentally different from GIT, darcs and bzr.

    SVN and perforce are centralized SCMs and GIT,darcs,bzr are decentralized.
    So SVN,CVS,Perforce are uninteresting to Linus because he and the linux kernel developers work in a decentralized manner. Working decentralized means that there needs to be a person to receive patches from others and apply it to his tree. Anyone with write permissions can commit to a SVN server without submitting patches to a manager. Both have their own pluses and minuses.

    KDE uses svn so there doesn't need to be one person to integrate all of the patches because it's a HUGE project. I guess linux is a lot smaller so Linus can handle all of the incoming changes. However, i think he mostly rubber-stamps most of the patches coming from his trusted lieutenants.

    Personally, I use perforce at work. Preforce has the best GUI tools I've ever had the pleasure to use. It's also got amazing merge tools for resolving merge problems.

    At home, I use svn+bzr while working on krita. svn has ok tools but bzr is amazing for transparently working as a temporary backup until i commit to the main kde svn. I find the svn cli to be good enough.


  • Re:git (Score:3, Informative)

    by Ash-Fox ( 726320 ) on Sunday June 03, 2007 @07:18AM (#19369959) Journal

    Now, Linus is a smart guy, but I don't know why he thinks CVS (and SVN by extension) won't work for large projects.
    If you watched the video, he acknowledged it could but it would still be easier to use a system like Git.
  • by vidarh ( 309115 ) <> on Sunday June 03, 2007 @08:09AM (#19370195) Homepage Journal
    Reading people say stuff like "Subversion is awesome" makes me wince. How can something that doesn't have "real" branches, and doesn't have tags OF ANY KIND, be useful for anything?

    The concept of tags is a crutch for systems where a versioned copy operation is too expensive. Since subversion keeps track of history across copies, and also doesn't copy the file content unless there's changes, there's simply no reason to have a separate concept of tags in subversion. The reason systems like CVS has tags is exactly because branching is expensive in CVS.

    And a copy IS a "real" branch. To quote you further:

    "One great thing about git is that so much of it is just files in the .git dir and shell scripts that combine very simple low-level functions. For instance, you can create a branch just by saving the SHA1 ID of the tip into a file in .git. You can branch off any point in the history this way, including branches you've deleted in the past (git keeps all the old commit objects by default, even ones that aren't pointed to by any branch or tag.. this is very simple and understandable model, like reference-counting in a way)."

    Gee... Wonder how Subversion does it? Oh, that's right, it keeps a single revision number that uniquely define each commit, and a branch is just a copy of a subset of data at a specific revision, and you can branch of any point in the history by saving the revision number, including branches you've deleted in the past.

    As for your "A-B-C" example, I just don't see the point - it's just a type of situation that's never come up for me. However, if you absolutely want to do it in subversion, you certainly can. It's not particularly hard either - all you have to do is selectively copy or merge the changes you want into your working directory.

    I'm not saying Subversion is perfect, but don't blame Subversion for things that reflect your poor understanding of it rather than actual limitations.

  • You mean you're looking for a good book [], so you can find the switch command [].
  • Re:Why winge? (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 03, 2007 @02:42PM (#19372957)
    Whilst 'winge' is a misspelling, it's not a misspelling of 'whine'. It's a misspelling of 'whinge', which is a British term which is more or less a synonym of 'whine'.

    So there you go, Mr. A.C. You're not quite the linguist either.

  • by Trillan ( 597339 ) on Sunday June 03, 2007 @05:07PM (#19374253) Homepage Journal
    Subversion does do all of that, however.
  • Re:Why winge? (Score:3, Informative)

    by imp ( 7585 ) on Monday June 04, 2007 @02:51AM (#19378275) Homepage
    I've use perforce to keep a private FreeBSD branch for about 6 years now. It just works. I've done enough commits that come from that branch (and about 6 others) to FreeBSD to stay in the top 5 kernel developers for most of that time. Perforce absolutely rocks in helping to keep me sane.

    While it is centralized, one cannot deny that its branch merging tools are about the most powerful out there.

    Warner Losh
    FreeBSD kernel hacker

    P.S. This is an abbreviated version of a much longer post to the blog listed in this article.
  • Re:Source Safe (Score:3, Informative)

    by chrish ( 4714 ) on Monday June 04, 2007 @09:05AM (#19380769) Homepage
    An exciting data point that indicates the quality of Visual SourceSafe; Microsoft will not use it in-house. Existing projects use a customized version of Perforce, and new ones are using their own Team Server (which is good... "eating your own dog food" always results in a better product).
  • Re:Why winge? (Score:3, Informative)

    by petermgreen ( 876956 ) <> on Thursday June 07, 2007 @05:59PM (#19430231) Homepage
    AFAIK he wrote git because he got bitten by bitkeeper :)
    iirc the story goes something like

    linus didn't want to use version control

    linus justified his not using version control by saying all the options were crap.

    The bitkeeper guys were carefully watching his arguments and moulding thier tool based on them.

    linus was finally backed into a corner by the bitkeeper guys and ended up using bitkeeper

    bitkeeper was reverse engineered as a result of its use for the linux kernel.

    there was a big fallout between the linux kernel team and the bitkeeper guys rendering its continued use for the linux kernel impractical.

    linus wrote git because he could no longer live without version control but didn't think any of the availible soloutions were acceptable.

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