Git going strong in 3 months! Was BitKeeper that wimpy?...

Tracy R Reed treed at
Fri Jul 29 08:46:05 PDT 2005

On Fri, Jul 29, 2005 at 09:26:28AM -0700, seberino at spake thusly:
> Incredible!  Was BitKeeper really that wimpy of a product that
> you could replace it in one summer vacation?

No, it wasn't. The needs of the kernel guys really aren't that great.
But they are quite specific. This is how they were able to develop git so

> BTW, FYI, the reason Linux doesn't use Subversion is because Linux
> needs a special system for VERY large projects.  There is no
> file level information in Git like there is in CVS and Subversion.
> ALL the patches are diffs of DIRECTORIES!  Interesting stuff!

That isn't quite right. Subversion can easily handle projects as large as
the kernel. The problem is that Linus has a very specific way of working
and needs a distributed and decentralized patch-oriented system. The
reason why he developed git as opposed to using svn or darcs or cvs or any
of the others have been documented quite well in many webpage and mailing
list threads.

Tracy Reed
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