The conversion of KDE's source repository from CVS to Subversion is now complete. All KDE developers with CVS accounts now have Subversion accounts. To find out how to use your new Subversion account read the Using Subversion with KDE tutorial. To checkout anonymously use svn://anonsvn.kde.org/home/kde/ as the base of your Subversion repository URL. You can browse the repository through the web at http://websvn.kde.org/.
This is the largest ever change from CVS to Subversion. The conversion script ran for a total of 38 hours from start to completion. Congratulation to Stephan Kulow, Oswald Buddenhagen and the other system administrators for the successful change.
KDE's family of websites are now managed and updated from the Subversion archive. The CVS archive itself still exists in read-only mode. Every developer now needs to do a fresh checkout of their KDE sources. While the server is still operating under heavy load you may wish to start with these pre-checked-out archives of trunk/HEAD rather than checking out directly from Subversion.
Subversion offers many advantages over CVS while remaining similar enough to use that it should be easy for existing users to learn. Changes are now made with a single revision number per-commit rather than per-file. It also offers the ability to move files & directories and makes it easier to work with branches.
Stephan's People Behind KDE interview includes some history of KDE's CVS. The first ever CVS commit was the import of kdelibs by Stephan on 13 April 1997 (Subversion revision number 2). The last active commit to CVS was an update to the maps on KDE Worldwide (Subversion revision number 409201). The first of many commits to Subversion was to the kde-build script.