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Re: Mercurial vs. git

From: Sergiu Ivanov
Subject: Re: Mercurial vs. git
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 15:16:47 +0300
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-06-14)


On Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 01:55:41PM +0200, Arne Babenhauserheide wrote:
> Am Mittwoch, 23. September 2009 13:19:05 schrieb Sergiu Ivanov:
> > better in Mercurial, because if there is only one instance of history
> > for all feature clones, you can always screw things up globally. (I
> > hope I understand things correctly.)
> You have different instances of the history, but all data _which isn't 
> changed_ is a simple hardlink. 

Aha, I see.  Sorry for talking rubbish :-(
> > > My approach with git is "I can get a new clone" ;)
> > 
> > I'd guess this is inspired by the general Mercurial feature-clone
> > approach :-) 
> It's rather inspired by trying for more than an hour how to fix my
> broken repo and finally giving up ;)

That's a powerful motivation indeed :-)q
> > > It's sadly not easy to get there.
> > 
> > Is it much easier to become a Mercurial guru? :-)
> That depends on what you call Guru :-)

[paragraphs shuffled]
> But to know enough about Mercurial for 95% of the use cases you need
> far less time than for git. A few quotes I collected to back that
> up:

I'd call a Guru a person who knows what to do in 99% use-cases :-)
IMHO, becoming a Guru in any domain isn't any easier than in any other
one.  However, becoming an average (or even advanced) user may be
easier somewhere.

A smooth learning curve is a great thing, though :-) I think I like
smoother learning curves better :-) Though I wouldn't say that the
learning curve in git is so extremely steep.

> (shameless self-advertisment: anonymous collaboration: 
> - http://draketo.de/english/mercurial/anonymous-code-collaboration-freenethg
> - http://draketo.de/light/english/mercurial/workflow-concept-automatic-
> trusted-group-committers
> :-) )
> - I understood how to install Mercurial and how to use it in a few
> minutes. - Giorgos Keramidas
> - Just works the way I expect - Paul Moore
> - There isn't much to learn to be effective. - Doug Philips
> - Mercurial's conceptual model is clean and simple enough to carry
> around in my head. - hgbook
> - Mercurial offers an excellent "sweet spot" in terms of
> flexibility, simplicity, and speed. - Alex Martelli, Google Tech
> Lead.

Hm, I wonder whether we could collect (or concoct) similar phrases
about the Hurd.  It should be nice if we could...


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