BDFL decision of Python's DVCS

Lalo Martins lalo.martins at
Tue Mar 31 13:47:41 BST 2009

quoth Russel Winder as of Tue, 31 Mar 2009 07:48:38 +0100:
> The problem here is the "Hg has a strong
> following among Python developers and few detractors, while few (except
> Canonical employees) seem to like Bzr."  This one sentence has the
> potential to be the nail in the coffin for Bazaar unless there is a
> concerted effort to make it clear that his impression is wrong, and for
> him to publicly retract it.  He doesn't have to change Python's switch
> to Mercurial, that is not the issue.  The issue is that this
> mis-interpretation of the state of usage of Bazaar will be treated as
> fact such that Bazaar will become a Canonical internal tool.

I don't think there will be a retraction, and neither I see how we (the 
community) can make it clear that his impression is wrong.  For a very 
simple reason: it isn't.  It's absolutely true.

Now, I'm not a Canonical employee, and neither are you.  But go around 
the net looking for people evangelising, promoting, or even blogging 
(positively) about bzr.  You'll find most of those work for Canonical, or 
have worked at some time in the past.

(I kind of suspect that is *partially* because Canonical is very willing 
to hire good Bazaar developers/evangelists, but don't quote me on this.  
It's also the case that Bazaar is a bit of an acquired taste; use it for 
a few weeks, even if forced to at work, and you won't want anything 
else.  So that may account for Canonical (or ex-Canonical) people who 
weren't originally fans to become big enthusiasts.)

So no point in trying to deny what is true :-)  It would be more useful 
to dispel the notion that it's a Canonical-only tool, or even Canonical-
centric.  But I don't know how to do that, sorry.

                                               Lalo Martins
      So many of our dreams at first seem impossible,
       then they seem improbable, and then, when we
       summon the will, they soon become inevitable.
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