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Larry McVoy on BitKeeper, Linus, and Perens

Jan 28, 2003, 10:00 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

[ Thanks to Joe Barr for this link. ]

"Not long after the second part of the most recent Perens interview went online, we got email from Larry McVoy. He said there were some factual errors in the Perens piece and asked what our policy was on corrections. We assured him that we always tried to make corrections when they were needed and asked what the errors had been. He pointed out two: Perens' claims that BitMover (McVoy's company, which produces BitKeeper,) had trouble making payroll and that McVoy was constantly threatening to sue him.

"Thinking that a story on BitKeeper--the controversial proprietary source management tool currently in use by Linus and others for Linux kernel development--that also carried McVoy's corrections would be more interesting to our readers than simply fanning the flames of an expectorating contest (to mix a metaphor), we took advantage of the opportunity to talk to McVoy and learn what we could of the BitKeeper saga. It's a fascinating story of the tensions between some closed and open source developers.

"First, a little background on McVoy. If you've been a regular reader of the Linux-Kernel Mailing List (LKML) the past few years you probably know a lot of this anyway, but if you're like me and feel that daily reading of the LKML is like trying to swim against a constantly increasing volume of water flowing down a hill, sit back, grab a drink, and enjoy this Cliff Note's version..."

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