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Re: Subversion use for Kernel work

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2003-02-26 19:49:14 CET

Bob Gustafson <bobgus@rcnChicago.com> writes:

> At the moment, there does exist an opportunity for the Subversion community
> to make a full court press on getting subversion adopted for kernel use.

Many people have brought this issue up before privately, and I wanted
to make a public my usual response.

We talked to Linus long ago about Subversion and CVS, and the truth is
that the CVS/SVN "model" of version control just isn't a good fit for
his work habits. He is first and foremost a patch-juggler, shlepping
patches to and fro, reviewing them, and trading them around with other
kernel developers like baseball cards. And this is *exactly*
Bitkeeper's distributed-repository working model. My impression is
that Bitkeeper has made him an extremely happy camper, and CVS/SVN
would not.

So I don't think it would be wise for the Subversion community to go
on a "full court press" to force Linus to use Bitkeeper. If his cadre
of kernel hackers someday decide to stage a coup, that's their own
business. :-)

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