Distributed Version Control for ports(7) ( was: Re: autoconf update )

Ion-Mihai Tetcu itetcu at FreeBSD.org
Wed Sep 22 16:29:43 UTC 2010

On Mon, 20 Sep 2010 19:07:17 -0700
perryh at pluto.rain.com wrote:

> Janne Snabb <snabb at epipe.com> wrote:
> > On Mon, 20 Sep 2010, perryh at pluto.rain.com wrote:
> > > One issue with either Git or Mercurial is that they are GPL.
> > > AFAIK FreeBSD prefers to avoid GPL in the base or in critical
> > > widely-used infrastructure if a viable non-GPL alternative
> > > exists.
> >
> > The project currently uses Perforce for many sub-projects,
> > so using GPL licenced solution could hardly be a problem.
> According to the "General Information" table here:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_revision_control_software
> Perforce is not GPL -- it is proprietary (but "Free ... for OSS
> development").  Thus the fact that FreeBSD currently uses Perforce
> tells us nothing about the acceptability of a GPL licensed solution.
> (Ditto for SVN, which -- as someone already pointed out -- is not
> GPL either.)
> There are two distributed, BSD-licensed VCS listed on that page:
> Codeville and Fossil.  Both are in ports, but Codeville has been
> proposed for removal as it seems no longer to be under active
> development.  That leaves Fossil as a possibly-viable BSD-licensed
> alternative to Mercurial.  (Of course, there may be others that
> aren't listed on that particular Wikipedia page.)

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