BDFL decision of Python's DVCS
Michael B. Trausch
mike at trausch.us
Wed Apr 1 16:52:02 BST 2009
On Wed, 1 Apr 2009 18:28:39 +1100
Andrew Bennetts <andrew.bennetts at canonical.com> wrote:
> > open source. I think this whole speed business is a bit overrated.
> > I
> I agree. Certainly our overriding goal isn't speed for its own sake,
> but to make a VCS that people love to use. Being “fast” is a
> necessary, but not sufficient condition for a good UI, and being
> “fastest” isn't necessary. People care about more than that, as, for
> example, Python's decision not to use git shows.
> We need to be “fast enough”. Beyond that our efforts are better
> spent improving other aspects than speed.
Absolutely. Don't keep me waiting on something I could (pretty much)
do in my head, and don't keep me waiting forever on something I expect
to take a bit of time. If bzr is network-bound, it should let me
know. If it is CPU-bound, it should let me know that, too. I don't
mind waiting for some things, simply because, well, computers _do_ make
life easier. And it sure the hell beats trying to manage the same
information by hand. I'd hate to think what a "manual VCS" would look
like, since manual processes require more exclusive locks...
Manager: What do you want?
Editor: I need the form number 11!1-0.
Editor: I need to make changes to it.
Manager: Oh. *removes 11!1-0 folder and gives it to Editor*
Editor: Thanks. I'll be back with the changes...
Manager: Okay. *Places paper where 11!1-0 folder was to indicate
that Editor has the file.*
Employee: I need a form 11!1-0, please.
Manager: Oh, sorry. Those are out for editing, check back later.
Employee: When will they be ready?
Manager: Not a clue. I just handed them out. They can't be used now.
Employee: Uh, okay.
Editor: Here is the newly-changed 11!1-0.
Manager: Oh, great! I've had requests for these...
Hrm... yeah. bzr is pretty fast, when you think about it that way. :)
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