[svlug] [svlug-announce] SVLUG April 4th meeting (NOTE EARLY TIME) - Larry McVoy on BitKeeper: Not dead, just pining
rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue Apr 3 18:14:47 PDT 2012
Wednesday, Apr. 4th, 2012
5:30pm-7:30pm (one-time scheduling change)
TOPIC: BitKeeper: Not dead, just pining
Larry McVoy, CEO, Bitmover Inc.
After taking the world by storm by introducing the first distributed
SCM, and also launching one of the biggest controversies in the open
source world due to its non-compete clause in the EULA, BitKeeper has
spent the past few years out of the public eye. Come listen to Larry
McVoy, founder and CEO of BitMover, and principal architect of BitKeeper
talk about what worked, what didn't and how being in the limelight can
help or hinder a company's product. Topics will include starting a
company, to VC or not to VC, marketing, open source, pricing, licensing,
ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
McVoy earned BS and MS degrees in Computer Science in 1985 and 1987,
respectively, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and has been
employed by Sun Microsystems, Silicon Graphics and Google. His work
generally included performance enhancements to the various Unix
operating systems developed by his employers. While McVoy worked at Sun,
he worked on a peer-to-peer SCM system named TeamWare that would form
the basis of his later BitKeeper product.
McVoy started working with the Linux project around its 0.9.7 version
and developed the LMbench kernel benchmark "to make sure Linux didn't
turn into a bloated mess like most commercial Unix offerings". The
BitKeeper source control system was also developed and integrated into
the Linux development process, but disagreements between McVoy and some
members of the community prompted the development of the Linux git tool
that eventually superseded the use of BitKeeper for the Linux kernel in
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