[NTG-context] git or svn

Marcin Borkowski mbork at wmi.amu.edu.pl
Fri Sep 27 15:26:25 CEST 2013

Dnia 2013-09-27, o godz. 09:10:04
Lars Huttar <lars_huttar at sil.org> napisał(a):

> On 9/26/2013 9:10 PM, Aditya Mahajan wrote:
> > Github seems to be the most popular DVCS hosting site at the moment.
> > For manuals, I think that Github is particularly useful because you
> > can click on edit and make the change. Github automatically creates
> > a fork, a new branch, and pull request for you. So the technical
> > barrier to participation is low.
> I would question the perception that the technical barrier to
> participation on Github is low. Not long ago I tried to submit a patch
> to a project on Github, improving documentation and adding features.
> It took several hours (distributed over a couple of weeks) to learn
> how to do all that was required. It was *not* automatic. It strongly
> discouraged me from making more contributions to that project.
> Maybe some major things have changed on Github since then. In any
> case, I have no doubt that once you know the system, and have the
> infrastructure set up, it's easy to participate. And I'm not saying
> that SVN makes it easy for non-SVN users to participate. All I'm
> saying is that for non-Git users, the technical barrier to
> participation was substantial, last time I tried it.
> Again, I'm not arguing against a move to Git. I would just like to
> contribute my recent experience toward a well-informed decision
> process.

Just my 3 cents.

I am not a heavy Git user (though I am quite accustomed to Mercurial
instead), and I agree that the entry point for Git is not very low.
However, it seems that nowadays, for a *new* user, learning to use SVN
is pointless (unless he joins a project where SVN is used etc.):
distributed VCSs seem to be just much better (and I heard that SVN has
its own problems, too).  So I would perceive this question as touching
a demography issue: younger people are more likely to know/use Git (and
not know SVN), older folk might know/use SVN.

Also, if this matters, Git has an excellent Emacs front-end, Magit.  I
don't know whether SVN has something similar.

> Lars


Marcin Borkowski
Adam Mickiewicz University

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