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NewsForge: Bitkeeper After the Storm - Part 1

May 11, 2004, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

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"It has been a couple of years since the Linux kernel mailing list was debating the issues of Linus Torvalds' scalability and the use of a proprietary source management tool called Bitkeeper to handle kernel patches. Now that the dust has settled, and intrigued by a press release from Bitkeeper author Larry McVoy that claimed impressive productivity gains for Linus Torvalds and other kernel hackers using Bitkeeper, NewsForge decided it was time to talk with McVoy on the current state of affairs between the free software hackers and his proprietary code. This is part one of that interview; part two will appear tomorrow.

"NF: It has been about a month since the press release with the startling news that BitKeeper more than doubled Linus Torvalds' productivity. What was the reaction to the news by other kernel hackers?

"McVoy: It wasn't really news to the senior developers. They already knew..."

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