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RE: Re: Big companies using Subversion ?

From: Reedick, Andrew <Andrew.Reedick_at_BellSouth.com>
Date: 2006-09-12 19:10:29 CEST

> ----Original Message-----
> From: Christopher Taylor [mailto:chtaylo3@gmail.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2006 11:18 AM
> To: users@subversion.tigris.org
> Subject: Re: Big companies using Subversion ?
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> 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 it then starts to become an ego issue. If enough
> of the userbase wants a feature, it should probably be included ...
> especially if it can be accomplished in such a manner that it doesn't
> impact users who don't want the new feature.
>

        Maybe, maybe not. Subversion was designed to be used in a
world-wide environment instead of on a closed corporate LAN. Which is
probably why:
        * it doesn't have heavy permissions, since open source is meant
to be open, plus the idea of trying to configure permissions for a world
wide audience is..... daunting, bordering on silly?
        * it's also why Subversion has server side hooks instead of
client side hooks. Client side hooks allow you greater control and
information management which is very nice (and almost critical) for a
coporate LAN. However, since your Subversion client was designed to be
able to check out/in code from publicly available Subversion servers
world-wide, you do not want some random server executing hooks on your
client or gathering information about your client.

        I don't think it's a case of developers ignoring the audience, I
think it's a case of corporate customers ignoring Subversion's goal of
providing open-source developers with a version control system that can
support developers world-wide. If coporate customers need/want a
Subversion that takes advantage of closed coporate LANs, then they will
probably need to pony up some developers and money to develop
SubversionForCoporateLANs(tm)(c)(patent pending).

Underpants Gnomes Disclaimer: I'm not bashing coporations. I'm just
saying that Open Source needs and coporate needs are not the same.

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