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Re: Use of CVS on large scales

From: John Minnihan
Subject: Re: Use of CVS on large scales
Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2001 19:35:45 -0700

I have been in business computing for 19 years, and in the software development
management space for 6+ years.  I have seen, implemented, used, and/or

Clearcase (base and UCM)
Visual Sourcesafe
PVCS Version Manager, Tracker and Builder
MKS Source Integrity

Your testing expert has a serious case of FUD.  Tell him to go lay down for a
few years, and when he gets up, maybe this whole spooky "free software" thing
will have gone away.  Ask him if he has ever heard of Perl, Linux, Apache, BIND
(DNS), mySQL, Python ... or any of the hundreds of other pieces of great - and
free - software that have changed the face of business computing.

For revision control, CVS wins on a feature-to-feature comparison every time. In
one case in 1998, I recommended abandonment of a $300K Clearcase implementation
in favor of CVS.   If your PHB needs to hear this from someone who is really is
an expert, have him/her give me a call directly.

John Minnihan
(720) 232-4634

address@hidden wrote:

> Guys,
> We are currently looking at implementing some kind of version control
> system.  We have been trialling CVS for the past few weeks, storing sources
> on a FreeBSD machine and using WinCVS on our development machines.  It seems
> that this is exactly what we're looking for.
> I have struck a problem that I'm hoping some of you can help me with.
> Our company hired a "testing expert" a week or so ago, and he is currently
> opposing our move to roll out WinCVS.
> This is because:
> a) He's never heard of it.
> b) He doubts that it is scalable enough for us.
> c) He believes that anything that's free _must_ have disadvantages (as
> opposed to Clearcase for example).
> This didn't go down too well with me (or my team) because:
> a) For someone who's supposed to be an expert on testing systems, it
> surprises me that he's never heard of CVS.
> b) When talking about scalability, I gave the example that FreeBSD itself is
> maintained using CVS.  i.e. implying that we're only building web sites, not
> whole operating systems.  This didn't seem to be good enough evidence for
> him.
> c) And of course, I'm a FreeBSD and Open Source fan.
> So, to cut to the chase... it would be great if some of you could show me
> where to find further information about CVS.
> I'm particularly interested in it's uses for (really)large scale projects,
> perhaps even some stats on the quantity of sources it can maintain, any
> advantages it has over commercial source control products, etc.  I've
> checked out the CVS web site but none of the information there was useful in
> this context.
> Something like... a case study of a large software company using CVS would
> be pefect (I imagine).
> Thanks for your time everyone.
> Regards,
> [ lucas ]
> [ the ego has landed ]
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