Moving to Hg without any analysis at all

Chris Forsythe chris at
Tue Feb 8 09:52:37 EST 2011

On Feb 8, 2011, at 6:34 AM, Zachary West <zacwest at> wrote:

> On Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 23:49, Christopher Forsythe <chris at> wrote:
>> Adium did do an analysis like you are suggesting, back in 2009 they switched to mercurial
> Since I'm the one that did the Adium conversion, SVN -> Mercurial was
> fantastic. It is infinitely better than SVN.
> Is it better than git? I don't know. I do not regret going with
> Mercurial over Git, but I am not sure I'd make the same decision to go
> with Mercurial at this point.
>> s/git/mercurial/
>> s/github/google code hosting/
>> Alternatively:
>> s/git/mercurial/
>> s/github/bitbucket/
> To compare Github and Bitbucket in that respect is unfortunately not
> so great. Bitbucket has a significantly smaller user base,

The only point I was making here is that generally you can interchange these things. Overall they are all pretty similar. 

> and Git has
> really overtaken Mercurial significantly in the past year or two. From
> my perspective, I _never_ see a project use Mercurial, but I _always_
> see a project use Git.
> Ad populum choices aren't always the right ones, for sure, but it
> might be worth the hard look to see whether or not Git's popularity is
> a more convincing reason to go with it over Mercurial, all other
> things being equal. Github is pretty fantastic, and considering how
> difficult submitting patches is to code-bases as large as Adium's or
> Pidgin's, it might even be a more preferred way of getting changes
> into the proper repository.
> That being said, I don't think it makes much of a difference which you
> go with. The end goal is fine with both of them: you have a faster,
> easier-to-use DVCS that likely will promote more people grabbing it. I
> just hope Mercurial doesn't end up being like Monotone in a few years
> and this conversation has to start all over again, for all of us.
> -- 
> Zachary West
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