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RE: Subversion vs. Perforce

From: Shatzer, Larry <Larry.Shatzer_at_Spirent.com>
Date: 2003-09-10 01:46:48 CEST

Have you looked at RapidSVN or TortoiseSVN?

http://rapidsvn.tigris.org/ and http://tortoisesvn.tigris.org/

I like TortoiseSVN since it's very similar to TortoiseCVS
(www.tortoisecvs.org), which our developers currently use.

-- Larry

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Guido van Rossum [mailto:guido@python.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2003 4:39 PM
> To: users@subversion.tigris.org
> Subject: Subversion vs. Perforce
> In our young startup I've installed Subversion because I could, and
> we've been using it for about a month now successfully (admittedly
> I've done 95% of all checkins, we've not started using Apache, and
> I've failed miserably at building from source for Red Hat 9 -- a
> mystery which I don't have time to research further alas). We now
> have a real VP of engineering, and he wants to switch to Perforce.
> This is not a fight I want to spend a lot of time on, but if there's
> an obvious rebuttal to his arguments for switching I'd like to hear
> it.
> His reasoning is that we're going to have *one* company-wide source
> control system for all documents that need to be under source control,
> not just code, but also specs, docs, marketing collateral, etc. I
> agree with this. Then he argues that non-engineers such as marketing
> are going to use the source control software, and that they won't be
> able to use Subversion since there's only a command line interface,
> while Perforce has a nice GUI for such people. I agree that a GUI is
> necessary.
> So now my question: what does Subversion has that compares to
> Perforce's GUI? I've used Perforce in the past, but only the command
> line interface so I don't know what its GUI does, but I imagine it's a
> nice piece of work, especially if you're on Windows (the only platform
> we care about for non-engineers). I liked the Perforce command line
> interface fine, but I'd prefer to continue to work with Subversion if
> only to support open source, and to save the $750/seat that Perforce
> will cost, and perhaps because I like Subversion's model for
> per-repository revisions and its approach to branching better. But
> for that money I can't put up much of a fight -- I want to save energy
> for real work and for defending Python's role in the project if it
> becomes under threat.
> Should I give up, or is there a good GUI for Subversion?
> --Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

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