Ulrich Eckhardt <doomster <at> knuut.de> writes:
saying "please merge r1234 from foo into trunk" is much easier than downloading and applying a patch, which doesn't even cover all possible changes that SVN does.
I don't know about others, but downloading and applying a patch doesn't bother me (it's actually much quicker than doing a whole new SVN checkout). What takes time and effort is to actually check and review the patch (or branch, or whatever).
Actually, I'd like such a branch, too, where I could move much quicker and in particular with the backing of a VCS to port Python to MS Windows CE. Currently, I'm tempted to pull the code into a private repository, which causes problems when I want to push it back upstream.
You could clone one of the existing DCVS mirrors and open a branch on a public hosting service (bitbucket.org, launchpad, etc.). The annoying thing, though, is that it requires your co-workers to learn the DVCS in question.