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If Version Control Systems were Airlines

March 6th, 2008, 44 Comments »

Many of you have seen the net classic If Operating Systems Were Airlines. Today, let’s consider what the world might be like if version control systems were airlines… Before anyone gets mad, this is all in fun, OK? RCS Airlines: One of the first airlines, from way back when this whole aviation thing was new […]

Debian-Live Rescue image with ZFS On Linux; Ditched btrfs

January 22nd, 2014, 9 Comments »

I’m a geek. I enjoy playing with different filesystems, version control systems, and, well, for that matter, radios. I have lately started to worry about the risks of silent data corruption, and as such, looked to switch my personal systems to either ZFS or btrfs, both of which offer built-in checksumming of all data and […]

#1 on Google

January 30th, 2008, 5 Comments »

I started this blog 5 years ago. In that time, I’ve written about Linux on the desktop, photography, international peace, version control systems, ice storms, Haskell, health care, rural life, Kansas, and infants. Today I realized something: I am the #1 hit on Google when you search for smelly ducting. This will take you to […]

OSCon Wednesday

July 25th, 2007, No Comments »

Nat Torkington, program chair, started off the day. He commented that one of the most interesting trends these days is the expansion of the Open Source ideals beyond software. Tim O’Reilly commented about the FSF’s four freedoms, and asked how we maintain them. We have to think about preserving freedoms — questions such as Free […]

Re-Examining Darcs & Mercurial

March 6th, 2007, 9 Comments »

I recently wrote an article or two about distributed version control systems. I’ve been using Darcs since 2005. I switched to Darcs, in fact, 10 days after the simultaneous founding announcements of git and Mercurial. Overall, I have been happy. I continue to believe that it is the most distributed of the distributed VCSs, which […]

Rebase Considered Harmful

February 23rd, 2007, 19 Comments »

Today I was musing about different version control systems and merge algorithms. I’ve been thinking specifically about how I maintain Debian packages in Darcs. I tend to import upstream tarballs into one branch, and maintain the Debian packages in another, simply merging when a new upstream is released. Now, there seem to be two prevailing […]

Whose Distributed VCS Is The Most Distributed?

August 10th, 2006, 29 Comments »

Lately I have been trying out a number of distributed version control systems (VCS or SCM). One of my tests was a real problem: I wanted to track the Linux 2.6.16.x kernel tree, apply the Xen patches to it, and pull only specific patches (for the qla2xxx driver) from 2.6.17.x into this local branch. I […]

Ode to CVS

April 20th, 2005, 1 Comment »

Terah has posted a great Ode to CVS. While I think that CVS is obsolete these days, it did serve the useful purpose of pressing the case of version control systems to the public. For those of you that have no idea what all this darcs and CVS business is about, Wikipedia has a great […]

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