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Re: Subversion in 2010

From: Joe Schaefer <joe_schaefer_at_yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2010 12:51:48 -0800 (PST)

----- Original Message ----

> From: C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
> To: Joe Schaefer <joe_schaefer_at_yahoo.com>
> Cc: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_red-bean.com>; Mark Mielke <mark_at_mark.mielke.cc>; Hyrum K. Wright <hyrum_wright_at_mail.utexas.edu>; Mark Phippard <markphip_at_gmail.com>; Subversion Dev <dev_at_subversion.apache.org>
> Sent: Mon, January 18, 2010 3:41:19 PM
> Subject: Re: Subversion in 2010
> For the sake of those that don't know, Joe is a member of the Apache
> Infrastructure team, where it becomes partly his responsibility to influence
> and support decisions about such things as which version control systems are
> available to projects hosted at Apache.
> I don't get the sense that he's merely speaking as someone interested in
> mouthing off opinions about version control systems. He's looking to ensure
> that Apache projects get the best VC offering possible. Today, that's
> Subversion, and Joe appears interested in helping us maintain that position
> by making Subversion even better with intent (rather than merely adhoc
> noodling and Darwinistic improvements).
> (Sorry, Joe, if I've mischaracterized you, your role, or your intent here.)

That's a fair characterization, as I have been a fan of this project for a long
time now, and have contributed a few patches when I could figure out what was
required. My take on why we use Subversion at Apache is because it's a good
fit, both socially and technically, for how we want our projects to do development.
But that's something that I am called on to defend from time to time, on more
internal lists, because Apache is a member-driven organization. The membership
wants nothing but the best for Apache, and the members who have switched to other
version control tools have lots of positive things to say about their experiences.
Often times I feel like I'm in the position of saying "subversion will be able
to do that too at some point", but I can't say for sure when. It's an explanation
that doesn't generate a feeling of satisfaction amongst the membership, as you
might imagine.

Received on 2010-01-18 21:52:26 CET

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