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[Fwd: Decentralized versioning system at W3C]

From: Eric Johnson <eric@tibco.com>
Date: Wed, 09 Dec 2009 10:06:04 -0800
Message-ID: <4B1FE70C.5070906@tibco.com>
To: SOAP-JMS <public-soap-jms@w3.org>
FYI - if you have any comments you'd like to pass along with respect to
the email below, let me know and I'll forward them, if you don't want to
send it in yourself.

I'll be back next week.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Decentralized versioning system at W3C
Resent-Date: 	Wed, 09 Dec 2009 08:37:51 +0000
Resent-From: 	chairs@w3.org
Date: 	Wed, 09 Dec 2009 09:37:45 +0100
From: 	Dominique Hazael-Massieux <dom@w3.org>
Organization: 	W3C
To: 	w3c-tools <w3c-tools@w3.org>, chairs@w3.org


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.

The systems team had started to provide an experimental Git service
early this year [1]; as we are looking into expanding that experiment,
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 your groups and other
interested parties; feedback should be sent preferably to
public-qa-dev@w3.org (a public mailing list), but can also be sent to
w3c-tools@w3.org (resp. w3t-sys@w3.org)  for those that would rather
keep their feedback Member-only (resp. Team-only). 


for the Systeam, 

1. http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Member/w3c-tools/2009JanMar/0002.html
Received on Wednesday, 9 December 2009 18:06:30 UTC

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