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SVN is not truly distributed?

From: Alexy Khrabrov <alexy.khrabrov_at_setup.org>
Date: 2002-08-06 16:17:05 CEST

In an interview with Larry McVoy, the BitKeeper's founder,
there's a remark that contrasts BitKeeper with all other VCS's:


  I will predict that you will never see a centralized system evolve into
  a distributed system. So CVS/Subversion/ClearCase/Perforce/etc will all
  stay with the centralized client/server architecture.
  They may try to replicate distributed systems and it will sort of work,
  but all the corner cases will not work.
  You need to design a distributed system to be distributed from day one.

Is it the feeling of Subversion's founders that Subversion is not truly
distributed? I thought that the web-based nature of SVN allows for easy
replication of repositories and multiple repositories, and modular
architecture allows to manage those locally and add syncing globally in
any n-way fashion needed.

What exactly can be missing in SVN "from day 1"?
I'd like to understand if there's a fundamental issue here
SVN needs to address in order to provide everything BitKeeper
can eventually.


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