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Re: Big companies using Subversion ?

From: Duncan Murdoch <murdoch_at_stats.uwo.ca>
Date: 2006-09-12 19:05:23 CEST

On 9/12/2006 11:17 AM, Christopher Taylor wrote:
>>
>> User permissions / authorization for specific folders in Subversion is
>> cumbersome and tedious. Quite frankly, I wish there were better tools
>> for managing accounts and permissions. I am using a combination of an
>> LDAP group and an accessfile to control who has access and what level
>> of access on a per project basis. It is not easy.
>
>
> I think this is a symptom of a problem for a number of open source
> projects and something where, as much as I hate to say it, commercial
> closed-source does a better job. I've noticed that quite a few (but
> deff not even most) open source projects are reluctant to react to
> user feedback. A lot of times there is an attitude of 'well that's
> just not what i want my software to do' approach by the lead
> developers.

I think that this is correct, but it's not a problem with the project or
the developers, it's a problem with the user. You're not paying the
developers anything, so why on earth would you expect that they should
work for you?

I think the vast majority of open source projects (certainly including
svn) do pay attention to user feedback, because often users make good
suggestions. But the only reason to work on something is because you
think it would be a good addition.

I think it then starts to become an ego issue. If enough
> of the userbase wants a feature, it should probably be included ...

The fact that a lot of people ask for something is not a good reason to
spend time on it if you consider it to be a bad idea, or a good idea but
not worth the effort. In the latter case, the user can make it happen
by contributing to the effort: hire someone to do the work.

> especially if it can be accomplished in such a manner that it doesn't
> impact users who don't want the new feature.

If you are asking a developer to do it, then it's certainly going to
impact on that developer's time, and the time of anyone maintaining the
code later. So the *only* features that meet your criteria are the ones
that the developers want. And that's more or less how it works.

Duncan Murdoch

>
> -Christopher
>
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