Version Management Tools: CVS to BK in the Linux Kernel

TitleVersion Management Tools: CVS to BK in the Linux Kernel
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsShaikh, M
Date PublishedMay

Version management tools might be seen as a prerequisite for open source development today as projects become too large to be managed by maintainers alone. Yet the OS process depends on fluid coordination and collaboration, with the underlying qualities of this process based on firm trust and respect for fellow developers. This paper is a study of how debate over version tools reflects governance and decision making in an OS community. The paper is based on a study of the Linux kernel community as it first saw a partial acceptance of the CVS tool, and then later adopted BK. The paper explains the adoption processes in relation to governance concerns, licence issue, and questions of technical performance.

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