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OfB.biz: The BitKeeper Example: A Bad Development Model

Apr 13, 2005, 22:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Timothy R. Butler)

"To say one could see a train wreck coming from hundreds of miles away when the Linux kernel development process switched to using BitKeeper to manage development is to make an understatement of the largest kind. The idea that the best known Free Software kernel would be developed with the aid of a non-Free development tool just seemed peculiar at best and dangerous at worst...

"Now, there is nothing worse than someone coming out after something bad happens and yelling, 'see, I told you so.' But, at the same time, the community ought to deeply consider what has happened here so that it can be avoided in the future. Like many observers, I suspected that BitMover would eventually end its support of the free version of BitMover, or, at the very least, change its licensing so that it would become less tolerable for users..."

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