Posted Feb 23, 2004 18:47 UTC (Mon) by elanthis
Parent article: subversion 1.0 is released
This is definitely going to seem a little trollish, my apologies. I simply want to recommend to people whom are considering switching to Subversion to first take a look at GNU Arch (http://www.gnuarch.org).
Where-as subversion is (in a loose sense) CVS + fixes, Arch is quite different. It is still quite possible and easy to do things the same way as you would in CVS/Subversion (checkout, modify, update, commit), Arch offers several advantages including very powerful merging, library tracking, super-easy branching/tagging, and more.
The real kicker (for me, personally) is how easy it is to setup an Arch server. All you do is setup a server with SFTP/FTP/DAV, and *tada* you have an Arch server. Give it HTTP access and you have a public read-only archive. Setting up Arch on SourceForge, or any other pure web host, is dead easy. In contrast, it can be a lot of time and pain trying to get CVS or Subversion setup (especially for multi-developer situations).
GNU Arch has very poor Windows/Cygwin support, however, so I would recommend you avoid Arch if you have Windows developers.
If all you're looking for is a better CVS, by all means checkout Subversion. It's an absolutely great replacement. :)
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