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Re: Roadmap for 1.1

From: <kfogel_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-04-02 19:57:29 CEST

andy.glew@amd.com writes:
> The Subversion user community seems like the CVS user
> community in the early days: full of enthusiasm, bent
> on changing the world, and quite inexperienced,
> or, at least, if experienced, experienced in only
> a narrow range of usage models.

Okay, time for a little good-natured smackdown, Andy :-).

You're projecting here. First of all, your characterization of the
Subversion community is inaccurate. While we're plenty enthusiastic,
Subversion is *not* bent on changing the world. We have had a rather
conservative mission statement from day one, and it's right there on
the project's front page. And the user community does not seem to me
any less experienced with other models than other such communities.
(Maybe you were saying that in an ill-conceived attempt to get people
to keep an open mind about some proposal you were making; but if so,
this certainly isn't the way to go about it!)

Second, your memory of the CVS user community in the early days
differs from mine. (Maybe we're talking about different "early
days"?). There were plenty of people experienced with other models,
and they were well aware of, and articulate about, CVS's faults.
Subversion is one result of that that user community's frustration.

It's true that neither CVS nor Subversion supports all usage models.
Neither does anything else. We've never claimed Subversion is the
right answer for all scenarios -- in fact, I think this community does
an unusually *good* job of saying up "Hmmm, it looks like Subversion
might not be right for you." to potential users who describe needs
Subversion can't meet.

You can help Subversion design a better labeling solution, or you can
float mildly derogatory characterizations of its users. You are
unlikely to succeed at both, however.


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Received on Fri Apr 2 21:09:37 2004

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