Version control systems

Norman Ramsey nr at
Sun Aug 10 20:17:50 EDT 2008

 > On Sat, Aug 09, 2008 at 06:56:23PM -0400, Norman Ramsey wrote:
 > > 
 > >   * Our long-term goal should be to get the *entire* Haskell
 > >     development community to agree on a version-control system---one
 > >     that is not darcs.  We should expect this process to take several
 > >     years, and we should expect it to cost money.  Would Microsoft or
 > >     Galois or York or other large players be willing to donate part of
 > >     an expert's time to migrate to the new version-control system?
 > It is, of course, up to people with money what they spend it on, but
 > personally I would much prefer to see money spent on making darcs
 > better, for reasons I won't repeat again.

I missed them and wouldn't mind receiving a private note.

For the last year I have been hoping to make 'a new darcs-like thing,
with a real theory founding it' an important part (one of three) of a
grant proposal in distributed computing.  So you can see I am in favor
of spending money to create a better darcs (which is not quite the
same thing as making darcs better; I want to start with a new theory).

But I am having second thoughts because I think by the time a proposal
reaches a review committee, git may be so firmly entrenched (worse is
better) that the work would be considered not worth funding.

I realize that I am now firmly off topic, but if people here have
opinions, I would be grateful to receive them (perhaps off-list).


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