APR
1
2005

KDE Chooses BitKeeper for Source Code Repository

Due to severe problems with the scheduled migration of KDE's massive source code repository from the CVS revision control system to Subversion, the KDE project has decided to opt for the BitKeeper source control system as the more pragmatic choice. The full press release follows; further details on what this will mean to KDE developers and contributors requiring repository access will be posted shortly to the KDE Wiki.

KDE Chooses BitKeeper for Source Code Repository

Yesterday, the KDE e.V. signed an agreement with BitMover, Inc. to allow all KDE developers to use the latest BitKeeper client tool at no charge. The arrangement comes in anticipation of KDE's full-scale adoption of the BitKeeper source control suite.

The KDE project had been using CVS for a number of years, but due to persistent and crippling limitations it was finally decided to convert the massive source repository to Subversion, a next-generation CVS clone with fewer limitations. Unfortunately, due to many unresolved issues and technical problems with Subversion, the move has proven impossible.

"A repository of KDE's size poses issues that the creators of Subversion would never have thought of," declared KDE release dude Stephan Coolio.

After an intense internal debate, it was finally decided that BitKeeper would be the most appropriate choice for a new revision control system, given its proven superiority and track record in the Open Source community. BitKeeper has enjoyed wide-spread success and praise as the official source code repository for the GNU/Linux kernel.

KDE's repository will now be hosted on the same server as the GNU kernel.

"We are glad to support KDE by helping it move to BitKeeper. The Linux kernel developers have proven the reliability of BitKeeper in distributed development and KDE will now be able to take full advantage of that," said BitKeeper author Larry McFly.

KDE e.V. board member Mirko Bohemian stated, "Following our licencing deal with BitMover, we expect our developers will be twice as productive, just as the GNU kernel developers are now." Linus Torvalds was not available for comment.

The only significant drawback of the deal is that KDE developers will not be
allowed to work on or contribute to any other source control systems as
mandated by the BitKeeper license. To comply with this requirement, KDE has
temporarily removed Cervisia from the kdesdk module until the CVS support can be replaced by full BitKeeper functionality.

However, like the GNU/Linux kernel repository, KDE will be available through a
read-only CVS interface for anyone preferring not to use BitKeeper for idealistic reasons.

As a matter of pragmatism, the KDE project believes it is time to move forward and embrace next-generation software source control.

Kalle Chrysler Daimler, President of the KDE e.V. Board commented, "While
we expect some belated opposition from within our developer community to
show up in the next few days, this move was really the only sane and pragmatic choice for the KDE project. We are now in good form to move towards KDE 3.5 and KDE 4.0 in the coming months."

Comments

Ah!!!

OK, today is April 1st. Pufff, you've scared me.


By Ricardo Galli at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

Shit! That really scared me :O


By EHa at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

NO!!!!!!

;)


By James Smith at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

Could have had me, except the "GNU kernel" bit really was trolling a bit too far...


By Jon at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

This is factual. The GNU project has officially adopted the Linux kernel in favor of Heard. I hurd RMS say this myself.


By ac at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

> I hurd RMS say this myself.
ROFL... wuaha ... ! ! ! great


By Me at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

Larry McFly, Stephan Coolio, Cervisia removed...

Great stuff guys, you really made my day. Who was the mastermind behind this one? Daniel Molkentin, are you guilty as charged?


By Amadeo at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

Yes, this is a good one... I wonder if any news sites will pick this up as "real" like some did with last years joke. That even had a cvs project that backed it up :-D.

-Sam

P.S - I liked the wiki entry, nice touch!


By Sam Weber at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

Looks like RootPrompt has posted it today; it being April 4 now, either they were fooled, or they celebrate April Fool's WEEK.

http://rootprompt.org/article.php3?article=8524


By Tim Middleton at Mon, 2005/04/04 - 5:00am

It was quite the team effort. :)


By Anonymous at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

I kicked off the idea, but I really have to credit Kurt, Jonathan and Navindra for making it perfect and adding their own twists.


By Daniel Molkentin at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

You actually got me there for a while... prepare to be slashdotted though, I can't wait to read the outrage that's going to happen there!!


By hp at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

>>> ...prepare to be slashdotted..... <<<

I dont think so.

The authors gave the game away be using the weird name modifications, and making it a too obvious April Fool's story with some of the details. The first comment noticed the fake already.

But anyways -- very nice plot. I spilled my coffee by laughing too loud and suffering from convulsions when reading it, even if the it was obvious from the start that "something is wrong with this."


By kprinter-fan at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

LinuxToday posted it.


By ac at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

And LWN.net


By Anonymous at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

The circle is now complete. Slashdot has it now.


By ac at Sat, 2005/04/02 - 6:00am

It's April 1st, but it would not have been a bad idea.


By Alex at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

.. that the BitMover guys know what a joke is and won't try to find a legal way to harras KDE for this stunt ;-)


By Inorog at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

Don't think that will be a problem as he obviously has a sense of humor, did you not see his proposed "no whiners license":-)


By Morty at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

Don't worry. We all thought it was very funny.

-Wayne


By Wayne Scott at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

It is probably a coincidence that this press release came just four days later:
http://www.bitkeeper.com/press/2005-04-05.html

If not, then they really didn't find it funny at all.


By Kasper at Thu, 2005/04/07 - 5:00am

It's a coincidence, http://lwn.net/Articles/130681/ talks about "a conflict over the last month or two".


By Anonymous at Thu, 2005/04/07 - 5:00am

Great, I post one single comment to this forum. And three days layter I start receiving spam on that address. Shouldn't it be possible to hide the email address from the page?


By Kasper at Sun, 2005/04/10 - 5:00am

People still get spam? Try Spamassassin...


By ac at Sun, 2005/04/10 - 5:00am

Spamassassin catches about four hundred spams a day for me. Spambayes run via KMail on the rest of my mail catches another sixty. That leaves about thirty spams that end up in my inbox every day.


By Boudewijn at Sun, 2005/04/10 - 5:00am

It's gonna be subversion soon... wugawaga


By Me at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

"Novell executives gave the impression that the Gnome and KDE open source desktop environments are not quite up to competing with Windows, but it is getting excited about the version of KDE that will accompany SuSE Linux 10 next year. This is based on Mono, another Novell takeover, which aims to provide a development environment that will run Java and Microsoft.net on Linux. The demos look fantastic but the timing of the launch may clash with Microsoft's release of Longhorn."

- The Guardian


By Alex at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

I guess that's why Miguel de Icaza got a CVS account: http://lists.kde.org/?l=kde-cvs&m=111233809718017&w=2


By Anonymous at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

Allowed him by Davbin Muellow, no less...


By Boudewijn Rempt at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

Bizarre!


By David at Sat, 2005/04/02 - 6:00am

Is this one as well (they can't be serious, right):
http://www.guardian.co.uk/online/story/0,,1448108,00.html

Quote from the text:

Novell executives gave the impression that the Gnome and KDE open source desktop environments are not quite up to competing with Windows, but it is getting excited about the version of KDE that will accompany SuSE Linux 10 next year. This is based on Mono, another Novell takeover, which aims to provide a development environment that will run Java and Microsoft.net on Linux. The demos look fantastic but the timing of the launch may clash with Microsoft's release of Longhorn.

Hey, i've been in a business meeting with them where they state that WinD0wS
RuLeZ, but hey - what's a Mono based KDE? :)


By jmk at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

It was posted on Thursday March 31, 2005.


By Alex at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

never heard about time zones ?


By GMT at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

it was the 31st in britain, so it's probably not aprils fools indeed. the reporter probably didn't know what s/he was writing


By ac at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

So what, in Germany,Italy,France,Spain,Belgium,... it was 1st April since the date is 31st,March > 11PM GMT


By GMT-1,GMT-2,GMT-3,.. at Sat, 2005/04/02 - 6:00am

I always bite on these because it's still March 31st here in Oregon for a few hours. However the names got progressively worse and by Kalle it was way over the top, not to mention a few other things. Thankfully now all I have to be concerned with is rewriting everything in Mono. ;-)


By Eric Laffoon at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

I'm glad I'm not the only one in Oregon that fell for it.


By Kinema at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

"While we expect some belated opposition from within our developer community to show up in the next few days..."

You bet! Can't wait to see what KDE bloggers at http://planetkde.org are going to say about this.


By Jeff at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

What KDE bloggers on planetkde.org? (try it)


By carewolf at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

Those sneaky Gnome devs.

I'm sure they're just feeling pretty good about themselves over at http://planet.gnome.org/

(Alas, no HTML allowed in postings on the Dot. Thank goodness for highlight-and-middle-click though.)


By Jeff at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

I must say, the quality of this years jokes is pretty good :-).


By Boudewijn Rempt at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

True, G12 story over at the Gnome place was particularly good. Not only all the work gone into making it, but the introducing of the revolutionary compulsory subscriptions system was a really great. Perhaps something for KDE too, if they don't have a patent pending or something that is:-)
http://www.livejournal.com/users/davyd/139147.html


By Morty at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

Oh boy, you KDE and GNOME guys really got me laughing my ass off! This is a great April fools joke! :)


By konqi at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

Haha! I just tried to load http://planet.gnome.org/ as well. :-)


By ac at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

Lol the G12 project (gnome 2.12) is the best.

Far ahead from Microsoft with their super-high-tech credit card system.
;o)


By JC at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

Good one, Daniel! Had me fooled for a moment - fortunately I skimmed other articles before replying so the date settled in. :-)


By Rob at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

Very cool. I esp. like Kalle Chrysler Daimler :-)


By Piotr Gawrysiak at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

I read the first line and, being the geek I am, got side-tracked by the link. I read the entire thread to see what the problem resolution was. When I saw they fixed the problem (short version: merging 70K files used to take 512MB, now uses 8MB) I came back to find out if it was really a joke.

And I swore last year I wasn't gonna get suckered into any lame April Fools posts. That's what I get for staying up till 5:30 in the morning.

Cheers,

Chipper02


By Chipper at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

I started my day with a good laugh!!!


By annmath at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am


By Derek Kite at Fri, 2005/04/01 - 6:00am

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