[cvsnt] Where to download CVSNT v2.0.5

Arthur Barrett arthur.barrett at march-hare.com
Mon Feb 11 22:39:51 GMT 2008

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> I am looking for a v2.0.5 CVSNT.
> The aim is to test a cvs2svn migration, 

CVSNT 2.5.03 is as different to CVSNT 2.0.5 as SVN is to CVSNT.

CVSNT 2.5.03 has rename support, mergepoints, failsafe audit, e-mail
integration, changesets, atomic checkout etc etc - most of which SVN
does not.  

Upgrade to CVSNT 2.5.03 and start using the new features then see if you
still require migration (you probably will not).

There was a great article on the valuation of IT assets published in The
Financial Times UK Edition 36,501 on Monday October 1 2007, and I
believe the author will be releasing the complete whitepaper soon.
Basically it talks about the lack of business cases for the benefit of
software and also the business case for maintaining legacy assets.  The
costs of replacing software like CVS for SVN are astronomical and rarely
worth it to the business, except perhaps that techie employees who like
playing with the latest gadgets are less likely to leave that week/month
for some other company, thereby reducing employee turnover.

When choosing any software tool it is best to know what features you
require and then look for the tool that offers those features, or even
better look for what your goals are, then look for a process that
supports that, then look for tools that can implement that process.  For
instance knowing 'what' changed may be useless without knowing what else
changed - so you need to relate changes to one another and maybe
external events like project tasks, bugs or something else: so you would
need tools that support changesets and links to a system that tracks
those external events.

When replacing one system with another it is important to know the real
value to the business that the change will bring, and the total cost of
that change relative to the total benefit to the business.  See the
abovementioned FT article for more information.

I do not believe you will get any value from moving from CVSNT to SVN.
If there is something in particular you require, why not support the
product that has supported you for so many years and let the community
know what those features are and why you need them?


Arthur Barrett

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