30 Jun 2005 rotty   » (Journeyer)

Getting paid for OSS work!

I'm going to get paid for open source developement! Wooha! More specifically, the company I work for since 2 months is going to switch away from CVS as SCM tool.

We had a look several SCM systems, among them Subversion, GNU Arch and several commercial offerings, including BitKeeper :-0. The final contestants were GNU Arch and AccuRev. Subversion fell flat for its missing features (mediocre merging support, no distribution), and BitKeeper was not considered seriously because they don't even list prices at their site (which indicates a fairly high price tag, normally ;) and due to opposition from myself (for the obvious political reasons).

Well, finally the case was made for GNU Arch, and since it lacks a decent GUI (currently the GUIish guys here use WinCVS), it was decided to develop the GUI in-house, and as an open source project!. It will probably be developed using Python and GTK+, so it will run also on Windows (which is a requirement). Expect more news, including project announcement soonish.

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