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Re: Is the mailing list search function broken?

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2004-12-29 16:52:25 CET

Matthew L Daniel wrote:

> You know, Subversion already is facing an uphill battle trying to edge
> out CVS because of that same inertia problem. I sure hope it doesn't
> fall prey to the same fallacy it's trying to overcome.

There is much to be said for reinventing the wheel, when your new wheel
has so many improvements over (and fixes known problems of) the old
wheel. That's what the Subversion project is attempting to do with CVS
and I think greatly succeeding.

There is also the admission that sometimes the old wheel really is good
enough and doesn't need replacing. This is especially true if the new
wheel isn't capable of completely replacing the old wheel any time soon,
and using the new wheel causes problems that the old wheel already
solves well. That's the mailing list software used by tigris.org.

I want to emphasize that I don't think the fault lies with the
Subversion project itself, but rather with the hosting relationship with
tigris.org. There are things that happen merely because that is how
they are set up with the hosting system that the Subversion peoject
cannot change. That's the inertia I'm faulting...


John Peacock
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