[IPython-dev] Launchpad?

Glenn Tarbox, PhD glenn at tarbox.org
Fri Feb 8 18:52:07 EST 2008

I've been a lurker for a little while now... have done some IPython hacking,
but definitely "get it"

On the subject of this thread, Launchpad / bzr.  I was concerned when I saw
IPython1 embrace hg.  While git has its warts (the most glaring being its
horrendous documentation), I'd make the unsupportable claim that its
technically superior to the alternatives...

But, technical issues aside...  Git is gonna win.  At the end of the day,
git is going to have a much higher adoption rate and will be a better engine
on which to progress...  more tools, more conversion utilities, much bigger
community, etc.  Its momentum and superior technical core will help overcome
its early documentation / porcelain problems.

So, this thread discusses bzr/launchpad... my though: whats up with bzr?
why did canonical go ahead and re-re-invent the wheel?  we had hg, git was
coming along... their time would have been much better spent building
something on top of git.

You already have a nice Trac site... I realize shedding the admin load would
be nice... but I'm guessing that with a hosted service that there's work...
and I'm also guessing that it works less well...  always does.  I cringe
when I need to go to sourceforge... launchpad / canonical are beginning to
show similar signs of commercial nastiness (closed source internal projects

I recommend staying away.


Glenn H. Tarbox, PhD
glenn at tarbox.org

On 2/8/08, Fernando Perez <fperez.net at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Feb 8, 2008 12:56 PM, Ville M. Vainio <vivainio at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Feb 8, 2008 9:51 PM, Brian Granger <ellisonbg.net at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > I just tried to create a ipython lauchpad project, but launchpad
> > > already has an ipython project listed.  Does anyone know who created
> > > that?  It looks unused, but I can't seem to find any info about who
> > > added it.  It would be great to simply be able to use the existing
> > > one.
> >
> > Perhaps it's the ipython used in ubuntu (ubuntu is a high profile
> > launchpad user). Just create 'ipython1' for now, and we'll hash out
> > the name of ipython trunk later on.
> Well, it wasn't me: I'm "fperez" on launchpad, with this gmail
> address, and ipython doesn't appear assigned to me.
> Furthermore, they list the source distro as a CVS checkout, and we
> haven't used CVS in like 4-5 years, so this is some stale registration
> information.
> I'd say go ahead for the test with an 'ipython1' project, and if it
> looks good, I'll later contact the admins to get the ipython project
> name reassigned to us.
> Cheers,
> f
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