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[Gnu-arch-users] bitkeeper or arch and group culture

From: John S. Yates, Jr.
Subject: [Gnu-arch-users] bitkeeper or arch and group culture
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2004 10:28:54 -0400

I work for a company that has important roots in the
open/free software world.  We are experiencing much
pain around CVS and looking for a replacement.  (As
such we are probably similar to many companies.)  The
main source of our frustration with CVS comes down to
needing to support parallel development of multiple

After some research I had narrowed my list of candidate
replacement tools to bitkeeper and arch.  As I said in
my opening, we have roots in the open/free software
community.  Our basic impulse it to continue to support
that community.  Thus I had been talking up arch to my
peers.  I had used the amount of traffic in this news
group as evidence of the good health of the project.

Thus it is with significant disappointment that I
observe the latest development.  In fairness to our
investors I no longer feel that I can honestly continue
to advocate for arch.  For that I feel sad.

Tom, I feel for you.  I hope that you will give some
thought to some of the factors that have made Linus'
kernel such a paradigmatic project.  Two that I can
see are

1) though Linus has to deal with his share of jerks
   he is eternally the gentleman

2) Linus is secure enough in his sense of being the
   project's guiding spirit as to be able to delegate
   true elements of authority

As I write it occurs to me that Linus is not unique
in this regard.  Guido seems to occupy a similar space
in the Python world.  I am sure that with reflection
I could come up with a few more examples.

I do want to see arch succeed.  I hope that the social
issues will be worked out quickly.  I will continue to
monitor the news group.

Best of luck,

John S. Yates, Jr.   508 665-6897 (voice)
Netezza Inc          508 665-6811 (fax)
200 Crossing Blvd.   Framingham, MA 01701

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