[lsb-discuss] bzr vs. git (was Re: Unofficial LSB conference call minutes (2012-04-18, 11 to noon))

Craig Scott audiofanatic at gmail.com
Thu Apr 19 21:42:12 UTC 2012

On Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 2:24 AM, Jeff Licquia
<licquia at linuxfoundation.org>wrote:

> On 04/18/2012 05:56 PM, Craig Scott wrote:
> > Using bzr instead of svn or git was definitely a negative for me that
> > discouraged me from exploring any further. If you aren't using a tool
> > used by the majority, then the majority won't be inclined to get
> > involved. ;)  Just my $0.02
> It's worth noting that, at the time the decision was made, bzr looked a
> lot more mature than git.  There was even a data-corruption bug in git
> around 2006 or so.
> Of course, times change.  Converting between any of the distributed VCS
> systems is basically tedious: convert the repos, publish the repos,
> update our infrastructure to use the new repos, that sort of thing.
> They all ultimately have the same data model underneath.
> The other thing that makes me hesitate, though, is that bzr is
> considered a lot easier to use than git.  Maybe that's not a factor
> anymore, since everyone's doing git.
As someone who has had to learn git in the past few weeks after being in
svn land for quite some time, I'd have to say that even though git is now
quite popular, it is definitely not as simple as svn. Also note that for
those who like git, they can use it even if the repo is a svn repo, you
just can't take advantage of some of git's features. Personally, I'd prefer
to see a svn repo rather than git if LSB stuff ever changes from bzr, but I
recognise that some may see that as "but svn is just going to look old in a
much shorter timespan than if we switched to git". I'm not suggesting that
LSB *should* switch away from bzr, by the way. The purpose of my original
post was to simply provide feedback on one of the consequences of LSB using
bzr. I recognise that it would potentially be a lot of work to change over
and it seems pretty clear that no-one is short of things to do already. ;)

Craig Scott
Melbourne, Australia
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