The Subversion Project: Buiding a Better CVS
The release of Subversion 1.0 currently is planned for the beginning of 2002. After the release of 1.0, Subversion is slated for additions such as i18n support, intelligent merging, better changeset manipulation, client-side plugins and improved features for server administration. Also on the wish list is an eclectic collection of ideas such as distributed, replicating repositories.
A final thought from Subversion's FAQ: “We aren't (yet) attempting to break new ground in SCM systems, nor are we attempting to imitate all the best features of every SCM system out there. We're trying to replace CVS.”
If in three years Subversion is widely presumed to be the standard SCM system in the Open Source community, then the project will have succeeded. But the future is still hazy. Ultimately, Subversion will have to win this position on its own technical merits. Patches are welcome.
Ben Collins-Sussman has worked for 11 years as a programmer and system administrator at various government, academic and commercial institutions. Ben currently works for Collabnet, Subversion's main sponsor, and also moonlights as a composer in the Chicago theater community. His home page is at www.red-bean.com/sussman.
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