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Re: On the subject of Git, Bazaar, and the future of Emacs development

From: Sam Steingold
Subject: Re: On the subject of Git, Bazaar, and the future of Emacs development
Date: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 14:57:03 -0400
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> * Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> [2013-04-04 21:16:46 +0300]:
>> From: John Wiegley <address@hidden>
>> Date: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 12:44:43 -0500
>> As a data point: if Emacs does decide on Git, I'll become a more active
>> contributor again; if it doesn't, I have other things to do.  Bzr/Mercurial 
>> is
>> enough of a "joy-stealing" barrier that -- like now -- I would not be
>> interested in submitting my work upstream.  And this same situation is true
>> for some others as well, as evidenced by voices on this mailing list.
> I'm very sad to hear that, because I think it is improper for
> contributors to put up such an ultimatum for a project.

This is not an ultimatum, at least it does not look like that to me.

> I hope that people who contribute to Emacs (and any other project) are
> first and foremost interested in advancing the project, and any other
> considerations are secondary.

This is a very simplistic view, IMHO.

Many people contribute because they have a personal itch to scratch.
If scratching the itch involves an "unpleasant experience" (struggling
with an unfamiliar VCS, paperwork - you name it), some people would
forego the scratching.

Many people contribute to several projects and have to balance their
time between them, and if contributing to one project is unpleasant for
some reason, they may dedicate less of their time to it.

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