obliterate functionality?

Jens Alfke jens at mooseyard.com
Wed Mar 19 00:57:51 CDT 2008


On 18 Mar '08, at 10:18 PM, Greg Lindahl wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 10:18:09PM -0500, Mark A. Flacy wrote:
>
>> I think you should use a different version control system that better
>> fits your needs.
>
> Do you really think statements like this advance a polite discussion?
> "America, love it or leave it!" was popular during the Vietnam War,
> but it wasn't a very effective debating point. It was what people said
> when they wanted to abuse their opponents.

Whoa! I think you've gotten the wrong impression, Greg. Mark is simply  
pointing out that no one product can serve everyone's needs, and that  
other technologies with different strengths and weaknesses are  
available, one of which is probably a better fit. We're talking about  
choosing a piece of free software; that's nothing at all like selling  
your house and quitting your job and dragging your family to Canada.

In this case, the issue has to do with a major architectural design  
point of Mercurial, not just a missing feature.

If I went to a Prius dealer and said I liked the car but needed it to  
go from zero to 60 in under four seconds, I'm sure they'd suggest I  
should go to the sports-car dealership down the street instead. Trying  
to talk Toyota into making a 400HP Prius wouldn't do much good.  
Likewise if I test-drove a Hummer and said they could close the deal  
only if they gave me one that got 45MPG.

—Jens
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