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

From: Stephen Leake
Subject: Re: On the subject of Git, Bazaar, and the future of Emacs development
Date: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 19:08:26 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (windows-nt)

Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

>> 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.  

It was not expressed as an ultimatum (read "threat"), just as a fact.

People have limited time; if the tools use enough time to notice, it's a

>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.

Secondary can still be important enough to matter in a choice of which
important project to contribute to.

> At least that's how I reacted when Gawk and Make switched to Git: I
> gnashed my teeth and adapted.  I hope so will you.

I did the same with bzr, but now I'd much rather be using Git. On the
other hand, I don't have write privs in the Emacs repository anyway (I
only use bzr for download), so I send patches to other people; they are
the ones that have to actually deal with bzr commits.

-- Stephe

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