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Re: Changing SVN Repository from Linux to Windows

From: John <jsparrow_at_ecclescollege.ac.uk>
Date: 2005-07-24 19:13:30 CEST

eric <eric <at> ehlarson.com> writes:

> >In fact C devs on win32 are rare these days. We're not just being difficult,
> >contribution is not so easy on our platform (lib usage etc). Now if it was
> >written in VB ;)
> >
>
> It sounds to me that the problem here is a unwavering adherence to a
> particular operating system rather than pragmatic selection of the the
> tool best suited for the job.

You're joking, right? Don't forget this isn't just about the svn-server OS
(that's irrelevant, case-sensitivty is a problem for win32 clients on Linux
servers too). It's about the OS the client machines use, and by implication the
OS of the people who use software I write.

You bet I have an 'unwavering adherence to an operating system' that about 5,000
client machines across 6 sites run, LOL. Are you really suggesting we all change
OS to better support the *version control system*...?!?!?

> Open source communities don't expect every user to contribute, but they
> do expect that if a user wants a specific feature that isn't part of the
> current community plan, that user will contribute.

Absolutely, if it's not part of the plan. But if people suggest something
*should* be part of the plan, they should be given a fare hearing.

I can't see a good reason why case-insensitivity shouldn't be part of the plan,
for the greater glory of SVN etc etc (the community does want to encourage win32
uptake I guess - it's a big market, lots of jobs, support contracts etc. these
things make the open source world go round). The only reason for it to be
excluded is 'we don't really care about win32 and OS X', which would be sad.

> If they don't
> contribute, well that feature couldn't have been that important after
> all. I am not sure how a platform could be a partner here - how would
> you establish a partnership with an operating system?

?? OS's would be equally well supported by the code: We fully support the Linux
file system. We fully support the Windows file system. They are equal partners.

John

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