Moving to SubVersion

Frans Englich frans.englich at
Fri Oct 8 20:40:30 BST 2004

On Friday 08 October 2004 19:19, Charles Samuels wrote:
> On Friday 2004 October 08 07:31 pm, Tobias Koenig wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I know we had this topic some times ago, but we came to no conclusion.
> > So I want to ask again, when do we move the KDE repository to
> > subversion?
> when?
> I have the opinion that subversion may not be the best solution.  Now,
> obviously, cvs isn't the best solution either, but I think the cost of
> switching to subversion from cvs may not be worth the return, at least
> immediately.
> I don't want to start a flamewar, and I don't want this message to be an
> argument as to why cvs or subversion may suck, however, I want to mention
> that switching to subversion is not the only option in either the immediate
> or distant future.

Yes, there lies sense in that; I read somewhere(I can obviously not find the 
link now) a discussion of various version control systems and the conclusion 
was nothing particular, but it clearly showed subversion isn't the obvious 
choice. But one shouldn't go blind on technical features; aspects like user 
base and market share makes a big difference too, especially in the long 
run(for example, who care about the "perfect" system when no one uses it).

KDE switching version control system would be one of the biggest of its kind, 
and have a large impact, so it's important it's done properly. The ones who 
is interested in the switch, should do a thorough investigation, collect 
references, our demands, disassemble every option to the bone -- from license 
to barf capabilities -- and write a paper. There's IMO many interesting 
things, such as decentralization, which needs some thought and serious 
consideration as we now got the chance. Couldn't someone who study 
informatics or similar write such a paper at study time(and sneak in some 
random theories to make it valid)? :)



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