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Re: SVN / PERFORCE comparison

From: <kfogel_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-06-28 17:34:37 CEST

"Janulewicz, Matthew" <MJanulewicz@westernasset.com> writes:
> I admined Perforce for a few years and really loved it, and am just a
> casual Subversion experimenter. So, at the risk of alienating (more)
> people on the list, I'll give a few points (not already mentioned) that
> are also nice about Perforce.
>
> * Okay, already mentioned, but SPEED. It's uber fast in everything it
> does.
> * 'Real' tags, if that's your thing.
> * Easier to hook into bug tracking with 'jobs' mechanism.
> * GUI support, cross platform (unified looking/acting, QT based, Windows
> and *nix look identical.)
> * World class support.
> * Better/more granular permissions mechanism.
> * Good training/consultant network.
> * Many many plugins for many many IDE's etc.
>
> The 5th item up there might be important if you are not at a company
> that already embraces open source and isn't used to the support model.
> The authors and contributors to Subversion frequent this list and it's
> good, but they don't have all the time a paid support professional will
> have for you, and Perforce blows away any support group I've ever had to
> deal with. Problems are rare (but it is a Berkeley DB) but they do crop
> up, and it's nice to be helped by someone that knows what they're
> talking about in 10 minutes, instead of waiting for a list response.
> (Note that Perforce has a very active mailing list, too.)

Note that there is paid support/consulting/training available for
Subversion, visit http://www.collab.net/subversion/ for more. The
network is probably not as big as Perforce's yet, but it's growing all
the time.

Can't argue with the other points. There are a lot of areas where we
can improve. I think the GUI support and plugins will happen
naturally over time (they're already happening). As for "SPEED", yes,
that's a question of coding -- it won't happen naturally, we actually
have to do something about it :-).

I don't know much about this 'jobs' mechanism, care to describe?

Thanks,
-Karl

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