NewsForge: BitKeeper and Linux: The End of the Road?
Apr 11, 2005, 14:30 (9 Talkback[s])
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" 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
"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..."