wish: better access control
Posted Sep 17, 2005 23:03 UTC (Sat) by kevinbsmith
In reply to: wish: better access control
Parent article: Mercurial: an alternative to git
Distributed VCS automatically gives developers the ability to work effectively without accounts on a central server. That means that contributors can work on whatever they want, with no risk of damaging the official tree.
In several distributed VCS systems, a branch is a directory. In that case, it's pretty easy to control access, including marking the whole branch as readonly.
Distributed VCS is really a whole new paradigm, and it takes a while for most people to even start to understand how to use this new tool effectively. It's not appropriate for all projects, but personally I think it is a big improvement for most FLOSS projects (where potential contributors may not be trusted yet), and for many/most projects of any kind where the developers are geographically distributed.
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