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kate - July 19, 2010 @ 20:01
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I’ve been using git and I’m quite happy with it. Meanwhile, there’s a competing project with many, many of the same attributes of git, called Mercurial. They pride themselves on a cleaner user interface, so you might like it better.

We’ve now got a longer commute and my husband found some podcasts to listen to at (This Week in Tech). We like the TWIT shows, but they tend to focus on things like smart phones and iPads. But they’ve got quite a selection of other shows, including FLOSS, which is about free software. There was a FLOSS show about Mercurial, explaining that it and git were started on the same day to solve the same problem. Mercurial not only has a way to access svn archives, but one to access git archives. Mercurial is written in Python and is being used by the Python community (which explains why Rob Hetland thought Mercurial was getting more traction than git). The result is that both are probably here for the long haul.


  1. Hi Kate

    It’s taken me a while to catch up with this post!

    I have been using Mercurial to manage my ROMS code for 6 months or so. It has an extension called HgSubversion that lets me pull updates from the ROMS repository. I’m very happy with it. I never could get my head around git.


    Comment by Mark Hadfield — September 8, 2011 @ 22:39 @ 10:39 pm

  2. Great, plus you can access my pyroms on github too.

    Comment by kate — September 8, 2011 @ 22:57 @ 10:57 pm

  3. Thanks for the pointer. I’d never heard of github but I’m guessing the name describes what it does and Googling “pyroms github” tells me the rest. The frightful dependency list is frightening me off for now.

    Comment by Mark Hadfield — September 8, 2011 @ 23:10 @ 11:10 pm

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