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From "Danny Angus" <>
Subject Re: Subversion vs other source control systems
Date Tue, 08 Apr 2008 07:17:25 GMT
On Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 12:37 PM, Santiago Gala <> wrote:

>  If I remember correctly, the policy was not to impose subversion, but to
>  mandate end of life for CVS. If I remember correctly, this was due to
>  security concerns, CVS requiring user accounts in the machine where the
>  repository is stored while subversion does not. Also functionality. Also
>  that having a lengthy transition was stressing infrastructure. I have
>  been looking into mail archives but have not found a pointer yet.

That's also my recollection.


>  I don't think centralization has ever been part of "the Apache way".

I think the cvs-svn experience, and the wiki experience, would suggest
that we need to be mindful of the maintenance overhead of not
centralising some practical things.

But thats not the same as centralisation as a principle.

And as a final point, don't take this too seriously but... the ASF and
"the Apache Way" has probably been shaped more than we would like to
admit by the workflow imposed by CVS. SVN is very similar, but
distributed source control has very different workflow which would
either conflict with or change "the way" if adopted.


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