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Re: The future of CVS & Subversion

From: Richard F Weber
Subject: Re: The future of CVS & Subversion
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2001 15:11:23 -0400
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Greg A. Woods wrote:
[ On Friday, September 21, 2001 at 07:52:17 (-0400), Richard F Weber wrote: ]
Subject: The future of CVS & Subversion

Is subversion ( the future of CVS, or is
it being developed by a totally separate group of individuals?

CVS will have a future so long as any one user continues to use it.

Even then CVS will not just disappear. Its source will likely be
available for decades after everyone stops using it. If people stop
sharing their fixes and updates to it then it may become unusable after
2038 (when the time in seconds since the unix epoch overflows a signed
32-bit int). Then again it might continue to work if time_t is 64-bits.

Open source projects don't fight over market share. Smart people use
the one which fits their needs, and the rest will use whatever they're
told to use.

Well, didn't really intend to suggest that CVS would drop off the face of the earth. I was just wondering if it was a natural migration of CVS, or CVS ideals into another project.  Just thought I read that Cyclic was bought by CollabNet, and (mis)read that Tigris was part of Collabnet as well.

Not that I was expecting CVS to disappear, I've been trying to push CVS to be our company CM system, but see that Subversion is expecting to be stable by end of the year.  The decision is then choose the proven and stable CVS, or choose the whizzy-bang (but unproven) Subversion.  I was just wondering if any CVS people have looked at it and would consider migrating to Subversion if/when tools become available to assist in migration.  Probobally a really prickly subject especially considering SV isn't 100% yet, and hasn't been tested thoroughly yet.

On a side note, Clearcase is an option as well, but I don't think we can afford the $500k/year to support that behemoth.


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