InfoWorld: Linus Torvalds' BitKeeper Blunder
May 02, 2005, 20:30 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Neil McAllister)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"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..."