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Re: Bug#323855: ITP: opencvs -- OpenBSD CVS implementation with special emphasis in security

Luciano Bello writes:

> On Fri, 2005-08-19 at 11:41 +0200, martin f krafft wrote:
>> So instead of preparing the package, I suggest investing the time to
>> migrate projects from CVS to SVN or bazaar instead.
> Beyond the description of the program (from the website), OpenCVS is
> simply another option at the time of implementing a CVS solution. It
> puts emphasis in security and lose some features in order to this
> priority. Maybe this can be useful for some Debian user in particular.
> Maybe not, it's the user's choice, like GNOME/KDE, vi/emacs,
> evolution/thunderbird, etc/etc.
> I really think that OpenCVS must be part of Debian. And I will work in
> it, unless somebody has a *really_reasonable_objection*.

The project page states it will break compatibility with the currently
deployed version of CVS as they deem necessary.  People in this thread
have listed some of the known and severe problems with CVS as compared
to real revision control systems.  OpenCVS has not yet identified any
specific problem (except the GPL) that the project would address.

Intentional incompatibility, designed-in misfeatures, and NIHness do
not make for useful software.  What benefit does it bring Debian's
users, or what benefit does it being in Debian bring to the larger
free software community?

Michael Poole

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