InfoWorld: Linus Torvalds' BitKeeper Blunder
May 02, 2005, 20:30 (8 Talkback[s])
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"Open source developers, as you might expect, typically use free
compilers, editors, and other tools to build their software. But
three years ago Linux creator Linus Torvalds began using a
proprietary, closed-source software version control system called
BitKeeper to maintain the source code for the Linux kernel. It was
a controversial decision, to be sure, and one that appears to have
finally--and perhaps predictably--come back to bite him.
"Version-control systems facilitate collaborative software
projects by maintaining a central repository of source code..."