Introduction to Ubuntu Distributed Development

Patrick Goetz pgoetz at
Thu Dec 17 12:15:28 GMT 2009

> Subject: Introduction to Ubuntu Distributed Development
> From: James Westby <jw+debian at>
> Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2009 22:40:34 +0000
> To: ubuntu-devel <ubuntu-devel at>
> The TL;DR version:
>   1) Version Control rocks.
>   2) Distributed version control rocks even more.
>   3) Bazaar rocks particularly well.
>   4) Let's use Bazaar for Ubuntu.

There's no question that distributed version control rocks, but I'm 
wondering what drove the decision to develop/maintain bazaar?  We've 
been using Mercurial to good effect ( -- 
awesome, easy to use GPL product with superb graphical change tracking 
features, and there's always git for the purest of the pure.

Given the chronic shortage of developers to work on various things, it 
seems imprudent to devote resources to re-inventing the wheel...

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