Mercurial: an alternative to git
Posted Sep 30, 2005 23:48 UTC (Fri) by rickmoen
Parent article: Mercurial: an alternative to git
I just wanted to revisit this thread to note Bryan O'Sullivan's comment just posted to the Mercurial mailing list (http://www.selenic.com/pipermail/mercurial/2005-September/004745.html):
As I mentioned the other day, I will not be contributing to Mercurial
development for a while. Several people have asked me why.
At my workplace, we use a commercial SCM tool called BitKeeper to
manage a number of source trees. Last week, Larry McVoy (the CEO of
BitMover, which produces BitKeeper) contacted my company's management.
Larry expressed concern that I might be moving BitKeeper technology
into Mercurial. In a phone conversation that followed, I told Larry
that of course I hadn't done so.
However, Larry conveyed his very legitimate worry that a fast,
stable open source project such as Mercurial poses a threat to his
business, and that he considered it "unacceptable" that an employee of
a customer should work on a free project that he sees as competing.
To avoid any possible perception of conflict, I have volunteered to
Larry that as long as I continue to use the commercial version of
BitKeeper, I will not contribute to the development of Mercurial.
As such, Mercurial can stand entirely on its own merits in comparison
to BitKeeper. This, I am sure, is a situation that we would all
The implications for commercial customers' relationship with BitMover are left as an exercise for the reader.
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