Hard, but apparently not impossible :-)
Posted Apr 7, 2005 12:55 UTC (Thu) by emk
In reply to: Seriously... version control is hard
Parent article: Linus on the BK withdrawal
I'm truly impressed by the work you've done on Subversion, and I know that any kind of serious storage software requires a scrupulous attention to detail.
In a previous life, I hacked on compilers. Sure, they're hard--especially good ones--but I'd never doubt the ability of Cygnus or Ximian (and their many volunteer hackers) to write a world-class compiler.
Maybe I'm being unfair to McVoy, but it always seemed that he considered version control software to be somehow unique: harder than compilers, harder than kernels, harder than X11--harder than all these terrifyingly complex projects which the open source community does so well.
Certainly, building a good version control system takes years, and requires many skilled programmers. But the open source community can presumably do that, and do it well, without reverse-engineering BitKeeper.
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