KernelTrap is reporting
the free version of BitKeeper, used heavily in kernel development, is being
withdrawn. "In a post to the Linux Kernel mailing list in February
of 2005, Larry [McVoy] discussed a 16 bit limitation of the existing free
product. With nearly 64,000 changesets in the mainline kernel tree, future
development will quickly exceed this limitation. For that reason, it is
likely that BitMover will provide one final release of its free BitKeeper
product, allowing kernel developers a graceful transition. By the end of
July, the goal is to have completed the migration, therby [sic] terminating the
free product and focusing fully on the commercial product.
BitMover's Larry McVoy has confirmed the story (he pointed us to it,
actually) and says that an announcement is forthcoming.
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