So do you "get what you pay for"? In this case, no.... you get a whole lot
more. You're getting a (beyond?) commercial-quality version control system
and client for absolutely nothing except the time and cost of training
people to use it. And you have that cost regardless of what version control
system you're using.
My employer (due to my pushing of them) is moving away from Microsoft Visual
SourceSafe... a horrible, unsupported (at least the version we have - 6.0)
package that has countless bugs and "issues" (commonly referred to as
"features" by Microsoft). Did Microsoft do anything to "fix" those issues?
Even with numerous complains by users, you didn't see nightly builds and
fixes issued by Microsoft... in fact they went several years without
addressing any of the concerns of their many many many users. Yet many
corporate environments use it!
Here, instead, you're getting a great product, and an attentive support team
that strives to fix bugs as they're found... all while ADDING features!
Sure, SVN isn't as old as VSS, but already it fully surpasses Microsoft's
poor attempt at version control. Bugs will always be found in software.
Being a software engineer myself, I hate to admit it, but we're only human,
and we make mistakes. But if you've been using SVN / TSVN long, you'll
realize that they're quickly remedied. THAT is how software should be
Sadly, I understand that in the corporate world people believe in the
concept of "you get what you pay for". There is a certain amount of logic
that the more you pay for something, the better it is. But it is my current
crusade to show the management at my employer that open source software
really does have worth and often surpassed the quality of "commercial"
software. And this is only possible through the efforts of the developers
who manage SVN and TSVN (as well as the many other SVN-related packages out
Having said that, I'll shut up now. :-)
From: Thomas Hruska [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2006 11:10 AM
Subject: Re: 1.3.5
Ah, but you are forgetting about all of those "corporate users" - people who
work in environments that demand seemingly stable versions of all software
to be used to reduce financial losses. Many businesses have explicit
policies to not use "beta" versions of software to protect themselves from
losing business data. That and given the choice of using a shiny installer
vs. compiling it themselves, people will choose the former (partly because
not everyone using TSVN has a compiler!).
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