Re: BitBucket: GPL-ed *notrademarkhere* clone

Jeff Garzik (
Sun, 02 Mar 2003 12:12:58 -0500

H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> Followup to: <>
> By author: Jeff Garzik <>
> In newsgroup:
>>You're missing the point:
>>A BK exporter is useful. A BK clone is not.
> I disagree. A BK clone would almost certainly be highly useful. The
> fact that it would happen to be compatible with one particular
> proprietary tool released by one particular company doesn't change
> that fact one iota; in fact, some people might find value in using the
> proprietary tool for whatever reason (snazzy GUI, keeping the suits
> happy, who knows...)

While people would certainly use it, I can't help but think that a BK
clone would damage other open source SCM efforts. I call this the
"SourceForge Syndrome":

Q. I found a problem/bug/annoyance, how do I solve it?
A. Clearly, a brand new sourceforge project is called for.

My counter-question is, why not improve an _existing_ open source SCM to
read and write BitKeeper files? Why do we need yet another brand new

AFAICS, a BK clone would just further divide resources and mindshare. I
personally _want_ an open source SCM that is as good as, or better, than
BitKeeper. The open source world needs that, and BitKeeper needs the
competition. A BK clone may work with BitKeeper files, but I don't see
it ever being as good as BK, because it will always be playing catch-up.


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