[Asterisk-Dev] benevolent dictatorship, or inclusive developper community?
listuser at peternixon.net
Fri Jan 9 02:07:01 MST 2004
On Thursday 08 January 2004 20:23, C. Maj wrote:
> On Thu, 8 Jan 2004, Steven Critchfield waxed:
> > On Thu, 2004-01-08 at 10:32, C. Maj wrote:
> > > On Wed, 7 Jan 2004, Chris Albertson waxed:
> > > > (see update command in cvs manpage). So, yes you could have
> > > > multiple lines of developmentand merge them back into a main line.
> > >
> > > Yeah and live in a nightmare. The kernel only uses CVS as a
> > > daily (or whatever) dump of what's in BitKeeper. People
> > > submit patches against CVS, sure, but the "branching" is
> > > done with BK repositories.
> > >
> > > http://www.bitkeeper.com/
> > Well without dredging up the BK vs. every other revision control
> > software flame war, lets just point out that that wouldn't be a viable
> > option here.
> Point being the kernel doesn't use CVS, so it's apples and
> oranges. You seemed to imply previously in this thread that
> the kernel worked like that and this is how branches or
> "mini forks" are created, through CVS. My apologies if that
> was a glib interpretation of your comments. I'm just trying
> to determine whether it is your lack of knowledge about BK
> that would lead you to suggest that it's not a viable option
> or something else. Could you please explain ?
I think I can explain this. Because BK is not opensource, the license that
Larry distributes it under says you can use it for OpenSource code only where
there is a public BK repository available. This is his right as an author and
I think its a pretty nice business model. This may not be suitable for Digium
however as they probably want to have some inhouse private branches for
paying customers (or a second repository that is not open). This is fine if
they buy a BK license, but that is added cost..
Hence the assumption by most people that they would not want to switch to BK
if subversion can do the job.
I also don't want to start a source repository flame war, but I thought it was
worth stating (a very paraphrased version) of the "problem" with BK as some
people appeared not to know. I have no point of view on this personally as I
have never bothered to use BK, but I personally have no problem paying for
software IF it does something better than an opensource equivalent AND I need
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