… I suspect that someone who didnâ€™t know the people involved would assume that the whole mess was Tridgeâ€™s faultâ€”heâ€™s the one that was working on cloning BitKeeper, even though any sane person would know that it would really piss Larry off … Iâ€™m aware of two other cases where heâ€™s dug in and reverse-engineered similar sets of protocols and file formats. The first time, the result was Samba, which was (and still is) really one of Linuxâ€™s first killer apps. The second time, he decoded TiVoâ€™s on-disk media format … Getting off of BitKeeper is probably best for Linux in the long run. Itâ€™s a pity we couldnâ€™t have waited for another year or so for open-source SCM software to mature more, though …
… that I have some sympathy with.
- BitKeeper and Linux: The end of the road? – Newsforge article on 11 Apr 2005 with the interview of the three main actors: Linus, Larry and Tridge.
- Kernel SCM saga – Linus Torvalds post on 6 Apr 2005 regarding moving away from BitKeeper. Mentioned looking at “monotone” and not to bother with “subversion”.
- Larry McVoy site – on BitMover Inc, developer of BitKeeper SCM.
- Andrew Tridgell site – Tridge on Samba.org.