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Re: Features, releases and team work

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_red-bean.com>
Date: 2007-03-28 08:35:06 CEST

"Ben Collins-Sussman" <sussman@red-bean.com> writes:
> Yeah, as much as I admire the Python PEP process, that project really
> is governed by Guido. He's the benevolent dictator when it comes to
> the design and goals of 'python 3000', the next-gen product.
> Maybe we should elect kfogel as our own benevolent dictator. :-)


Well, we should elect someone who will have time to do it -- which in
practice will (probably) mean one of the salaried developers. (I
don't see anything wrong with that, just tossing it on the table so
it's said :-) ).

By the way, I don't agree that Subversion has actually been suffering
from a lack of focus yet. We've been slow about getting to releasable
state, but in terms of new features, we're doing great: merge tracking
is hugely useful, sparse directories is medium useful.

Let's not invent problems that we haven't actually encountered yet. I
do agree with Erik that some more team focus would be healthy, but
more for reasons of release schedule than for focus on new-feature
direction. When we find ourselves sitting around wondering "What on
Earth can we add to Subversion to make it better now?", then it's time
to worry! But we're nowhere close to that. We've got distributed VC
features to add (possibly involving a libsvn_wc rewrite),
merge-tracking to maintain and develop... The near- and medium-term
future is by no means a blank slate.


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