OpenOffice.org Engineering Steering Committee has met

Earlier this week there was again a meeting of the Engineering Steering Committee . Most interesting discussion was about the upcoming move to a distributed sourcecode configuration management (SCM) tool. Since the past transition from CVS to subversion it turned out that the new merge tracking feature introduced with subversion 1.5 works not that well as expected we now want to hurry to do the final move to a system which is doing the merge tracking very well. We know that modern distributed SCM like bazaar, git and mercurial are able to do this very well. Unfortunately bzr was not able to do an import of the existing (already down-strapped history) svn repository so that Heiner's evaluation covered git and mercurial. It confirmed my observations that it almost an equal race between both. Like vi vs. emacs. We expect that both will do their job. Unless nothing surprising will reveal in the OOo DSCM survey I think I will support to start pilot by using mercurial. Why ? Other big projects (sponsored by Sun) like OpenJDK, OpenSolaris and Kenai also do use mercurial. The upcoming OpenOffice.org release 3.1 already got a delay caused by the move from CVS to subversion, I don't want to do the 3.2 release based on subversion again, we need to start work on the transition to a DSCM now so don't expect me to do long discussion about some feature details of git vs. hg.

A happy vi user :-)

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