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Re: [Issue 533] New - implement reserved checkouts

From: Alan Langford <jal_at_ambitonline.com>
Date: 2002-08-05 17:10:13 CEST

At 2002/08/05 10:24 -0400, Greg Hudson wrote:
>On Mon, 2002-08-05 at 08:37, Dave Cridland wrote:
> > I foresee a time in the not too distant future when I'll be installing
> > Subversion as an "office shared filesystem", in a purely
> > non-development, non-project managed, environment.
> >
> > Moreover, I foresee that this is a significantly larger market.
>I doubt it. Word documents may be a much more common focus of group
>projects than source code, but developers are much more likely to adopt
>revision control tools than non-developers. That's how we've gotten
>where we are with CVS, and I don't see the situation reversing itself
>any time soon.

1) CVS isn't particularly good at document management for a variety of reasons.
2) Good document management systems cost upwards of $25,000.
3) Suvbersion can be good at document management.
4) The cost of Subversion is the effort required to learn, configure, and
maintain it.
5) The cost of maintaining multiple repositories is low once the learn and
configure costs have been incurred.
6) A large number of development shops will have made the investment in
7) The incremental cost of deploying Subversion as a document management
system is low.

Therefore: the probability of that reversal is a lot higher than you might

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