[Haifux] OT: Open CVS/SVN servers

Nadav Har'El nyh at math.technion.ac.il
Thu May 10 18:08:36 MSD 2012

On Tue, May 01, 2012, Maxim Kovgan wrote about "Re: [Haifux] OT: Open CVS/SVN servers":
> hi, Orr!
> Consider obsoleting svn.
> mercurial (or git) are much more fun and possibilities.

At the risk of invoking a holy war, I beg to differ.

One can say almost without hesitation that SVN is better than CVS.
CVS should be obsolete, and SVN preferred in 99.9% of the cases.
So don't even consider CVS.

But you cannot say similiarly that Mercurial and Git are better than SVN,
and he shouldn't consider SVN. They do different things, and are better for
different scenarios.  For example:

* For most use light usecases, using Subversion is *much* *simpler* and
  more straightforward to use than Git. I've been using both for a long
  while, so I think I would know.

* When you don't trust the server - and fear one day it will disappear
  or even become malicious (trying to fake the content of the files or
  their history), git is better because each person will have his own complete
  copy of the history.

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