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Re: What a modern collaboration toolkit looks like

From: Sam Steingold
Subject: Re: What a modern collaboration toolkit looks like
Date: Sun, 06 Jan 2008 23:52:53 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.50 (gnu/linux)

> * Richard Stallman <address@hidden> [2008-01-06 23:18:05 -0500]:
>     "the current development version" is not a concept for git.  No
>     repository is special as far as git is concerned.  The "current
>     development version" is a social, not a technical concept.  For example,
>     the git maintainer was off-line unexpectedly for some months recently.
>     Somebody else took over seamlessly by collecting, arranging and
>     coordinating patches on the git list into _his_ repository.
> With CVS, people can get the current version of every program on
> savannah in a uniform way.  What you say seems to imply that that is
> not possible with git.  That seems like a big step backwards.

No, this just means that if savannah goes down, nobody can get emacs
from CVS (people can't work on emacs, can't exchange patches &c).
with DVCS, someone can announce that he is stepping in for savannah and
people would hardly notice other than by having to give a different
argument to "git pull" and "git push".

Note however that with CVS, getting CVS head and building it is hardly
more expensive than downloading a source tarball - wrt both bandwidth
and disk space.  With git, the situation is vastly different: you cannot
just get the head, you always get the whole change history, so instead
of 40MB, you will be getting and storing 200MB.  This may not be a big
deal these days for many people, but it might be a showstopper for some.

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