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Re: Why rewrite the Subversion working copy?

From: Michael Sinz <Michael.Sinz_at_sinz.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 00:43:00 -0400

Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 6:57 PM, Justin Erenkrantz
> <justin_at_erenkrantz.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 4:28 PM, David Glasser <glasser_at_davidglasser.net> wrote:
>> > My opinion? The Subversion project shouldn't spend any more time
>> > trying to make Subversion a better version control tool for non-huge
>> > open source projects. Subversion is already decent for that task, and
>> > other tools have greater potential than it. We need to focus on
>> > making Subversion the best tool for organizations whose users need to
>> > interact with repositories in complex ways, like:
>> That's actually a pretty cool mission statement for us to focus on.
>> It's not quite the direction we set out for initially, but going
>> forward, this sort of resonates as to where we've found ourselves in
>> the spectrum of SCM tools. -- justin
> We have been groping around for a new mission statement for a year or
> two, and this is a pretty compelling one (unless we decide we want to
> become fully decentralized.).

I also like that as a mission statement - but I would like to add one
more item:

-- The ability to centralize control/manage client configuration and
    behaviors such as the autoprops, security behaviors (saving passwords,
    SSL certificate handling, commit note templates, etc)

For corporate environments, the need to manage the endpoints is currently
a problem. With 100+ desktops using Subversion, and over 50% of those not
"developers" but the rest of the company (customer support, QA, etc) and
using Subversion as the centralized corporate document control system
(which is, basically what version control is - document control in the
electronic age)

I know we keep talking about developers (and I am very much one of those)
but a major feature/benefit of the simple concept and the good integration
into Windows Explorer is document version control with relatively strong
audit trails (and authorization and secure remote access, etc)

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