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Re: Git vs. Subversion. Which one?



2008/9/30 Ralf Corsepius <rc040203 freenet de>:
> On Tue, 2008-09-30 at 05:46 -0400, Thomas Thurman wrote:
>> 2008/9/30 Ralf Corsepius <rc040203 freenet de>:
>> > * CVS (and RCS) archives can be converted/exported to almost all other
>> > VCS if required.
>>
>> Are CVS and RCS archives equivalent?
> IIRC, widely. However I have to admit, my last encounter with RCS dates
> back to more than a decade, so ... ;)

Which is why I was wondering why you were recommending it over CVS, you see.

>> I think you misunderstand bzr. Bzr is a generic distributed VCS,
>> roughly equivalent to git.
>
> Well, my point is "lack of a userbase", "availability of clients on
> different platforms", "integration in IDEs", "VCS providers offering it"
> So far, I have never tripped over a major project which is actively
> using bzr nor have I ever met a user using it :)

You might not be a fan of MySQL or Ubuntu, but I don't really see how
they qualify as not being major.

As for "availability of clients on different platforms": one
particular case I've run into was a company I worked at recently where
they decided to go for bzr over git.  When I started I asked what
their rationale had been, and they told me it was because some of
their developers ran *nix and some ran Windows.  They found at the
time that bzr had better cross-platform support (possibly because of
being written in an interpreted language).  Perhaps CVS is even more
widely ported, though, merely by virtue of being older.

> Or differently: Don't underestimate the "familiarity factor" when
> launching a new archive.

Very true.  This is occasionally a very good reason to stick with svn
(or even CVS, although svn is practically a drop-in replacement for
CVS and solves many of its infelicities).  If a user has *no* previous
VCS experience, there's no reason not to start them off on a
distributed VCS but not use all its features straight away, though.

> The big question however is: What are the OP's use-cases.

Also very true.

peace

Thomas


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