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Decentralized versioning system at W3C

From: Dominique Hazael-Massieux <dom@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 09 Dec 2009 09:38:23 +0100
To: public-qa-dev@w3.org
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We’ve heard from several groups and individuals that they would like W3C
to host a public decentralized versioning repository for W3C-related
work items, such as editors drafts, test suites, tools and software.

The goal of such a repository would be to host the reference versions of
these items, while allowing as many people as possible to modify,
branch, patch the content of the repository, without the hurdles that
CVS creates for this kind of cooperation.

As we are looking into experimenting with such a service, we are hitting
the question that many others have encountered in that process: which
decentralized versioning system to choose?

The main two contenders seems to be Git and Mercurial; Git seems to a
growing number of tools, and more advanced features; Mercurial seems to
be easier to use, and possibly easier to set up on a larger number of

We’re interested to hear feedback on this question, in particular in the
form of sharing experience of using them (inside or outside of the W3C
community), and pros and cons of both systems.

Feel free to forward this request for feedback to other interested
parties asking for feedback to be sent preferably to
public-qa-dev@w3.org (or to me privately for non-public feedback).


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