January 03, 2011, 8:20 PM — A dispute that has emerged between the Apache Software Foundation and a corporate participant over the Subversion software version control system actually puts the two parties on the same side of the argument.
The two organizations are both in agreement about improvements to the popular open source project, which has millions of users and is deployed for versioning source code, letting developers record who makes code changes and providing an audit trail.
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Apache published a response on Monday to WANdisco's pre-Christmas declaration that it would shake up software change management by overhauling Subversion, saying, "WANdisco CEO David Richards claims without evidence that bogus changes are being committed to the master tree. He wrote: 'We ... believe it's unhelpful when certain unscrupulous committers decide to commit trivial changes in large files to simply get their stats up. That behavior has no place in any open source project; it's a bad form [sic] and wastes everyone's valuable time.' "
Apache wrote: "We are unaware of any such behavior among the Subversion maintainers. Our repository logs are always open for public inspection, yet when asked to show evidence, Richards refused." Apache also rejects the notion that WANdisco was involved in the creation of Subversion, stating CollabNet created it in 2000.
Reached on Monday, Richards expressed regret for some of his comments and said Subversion was in very safe hands with Apache. He stressed he was ironing out WANdisco's dispute with Apache.