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Better SCM: What BitMover Got Wrong?

May 20, 2005, 16:45 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Shlomi Fish)

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"BitKeeper could have been big. It could have been used by almost all open-source projects that have migrated from CVS. It could have been the industry standard. It could have had the best developers and code from all of the other open-source version control systems. It could have sprang a prosperous community of companies and consultants. It could have been GPLed, while still not hurting the profitability of BitMover, BitKeeper's parent company. It could have received dozens of patches to the source code, weekly, some of them of very high quality.

"But it's not. It is very pricey and its source is not available to the public. The gratis version has been discontinued, and the Linux kernel project, the crown Jewel of the BitKeeper's open-source projects, has decided not to use it any longer..."

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