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RE: Setting up a new CVSNT or Linux server ??

From: Jim.Hyslop
Subject: RE: Setting up a new CVSNT or Linux server ??
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2004 09:51:01 -0400

Frederic Brehm wrote:
> But, it depends on a lot on your environment. Are you a 
> Windows-only shop 
> and expect to never use Linux (or Mac OS X, or Solaris, or 
> many non-Unix 
> type systems) for development? Then CVSNT is probably for you.
Well, I'd actually modify that slightly: If you're a Windows-only shop and
do not know how, or do not want, to maintain a Linux system, then use CVSNT.

We're a Windows-only shop (well, OK, Windows and vxWorks, but that doesn't
really count 'cause it can't be used as a CVS server ;-) but our CVS server
is running on a UNIX box. We recently reviewed our version management
strategy, and decided to stay with UNIX as a server. In my case, it was
mostly out of a distrust of Microsoft as a server. Perhaps that mistrust is
misplaced (I expect nobody on this list will argue the point, though ;=).

> If you will use any client that runs on something other than 
> Windows, then 
> you should probably strongly consider a Linux host.
Now, just to be sure this doesn't come across as a religious-type argument,
can you provide a reason for this recommendation? The only reason I can
think of is a limitation on the protocols that CVSNT supports - but a quick
glance at seems to suggest that it supports at least pserver, ssh,
and kerberos, and possibly other protocols.

Oh, by the way - when I looked at I noticed that there's a strong
warning against downloading it if you live in a jurisdiction that regulates
cryptographic imports. If you live in one of those jurisdictions, then I
guess GNU CVS is the route to take.

Jim Hyslop
Senior Software Designer
Leitch Technology International Inc. (
Columnist, C/C++ Users Journal (

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