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..."