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Version Control Systems -- Dealing with the Cambrian Explosion

Track: BOF
Date: Tuesday, 18 October 2005
Time: 19:30 - 20:30
Location: St. John's Room I

There has been an explosion of new open source version control systems, and the days when one could just choose CVS and not have to think are over. Also, a lot of projects are finally deciding to move away from CVS to something "better", and are finding that there's a lot of choice out there.

This BOF is about how projects both select and use their version control systems. Are people depending on decentralized changeset management? Sophisticated authorization mechanisms? Change signing? Cherry picking? What kinds of branching and merging patterns are common in open source projects? What complaints/raves do people have about their version control systems? Are projects successfully mixing different version control systems, and if so how?

This will be an open discussion, not a presentation. The host's ulterior motive is to take careful notes and bring ideas back to the Subversion project, but the BOF is *not* a pitch for Subversion.

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