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Version control news

Apparently the Linux kernel developers and BitMover are going their separate ways. I think that this is sad, because BitKeeper is a really good piece of technology, and it clearly had a positive impact on kernel development, as Linus' gracious message attests. At the same time, this is a good example of why protecting the commons (or "free as in free") is important.

I hope that this will yield a flowering of innovation amongst the various open source version control systems. Linus mentions Monotone in his message. I'm also quite interested in bazaar-ng, which is being done for Ubuntu. I think it's also of interest that many of the major contenders (adding darcs and codeville) are written in a higher level language (Monotone being the exception).

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Of course, there is also GNU Arch, a C-based revision control system, of which bazaar-ng is attempting to be protocol-compatible with.  It'll be interesting to see how the two projects build off each other.  I've invested a lot of my time into GNU arch, and I'm quite happy with it. I should probably test out bazaar-ng one of these days, and Monotone looks pretty interesting.

Regarding darcs, I would disagree it is a contender for large projects with a great number of changesets.  Because of its design, darcs consumes a lot of memory, a flaw acknowledged by its developers.  Perhaps they're getting a handle on it; only time will tell.

In any case, Linux kernel developement appears to have a fairly standard way of exchanging patches and there seem to be a few interesting utilities (see quilt) that'll help them out.
Posted by Chad Walstrom at Thu Apr 7 08:41:10 2005

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