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NewsForge: BitKeeper and Linux: The End of the Road?

Apr 11, 2005, 14:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

" BitKeeper, the proprietary source management tool used by Linus Torvalds and other Linux kernel hackers to apply patches to their versions of the kernel, is once again at the center of controversy. This time it looks as if the relationship between Bitkeeper and the poster-child project for free software is going to come to an end as the result of irreconcilable differences. NewsForge has spoken with the three primary figures involved in the dispute--Larry McEvoy, Linus Torvalds, and Andrew 'Tridge' Tridgell--to learn what happened and whether or not it could have been avoided.

"We asked Larry McEvoy to tell us what happened to cause him to end the relationship by giving Torvalds and the Linux kernel developers using Bitkeeper three months to move to another tool for their source code management..."

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