What is BitKeeper?
BitKeeper is a fast, enterprise-ready, distributed SCM that scales up to very large projects and down to tiny ones.
BitKeeper is a tool in the Version Control System category of a tech stack.
Why developers like BitKeeper?
Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use BitKeeper
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- Simple: An easy to use command line interface.
- Scalable: Nested Repositories are submodules done right! Version control collections of repositories.
- Flexible: Hybrid mode for binary files that uses a cloud of server for binaries instead of bloating the source repositories.
- Accurate: Tracking of file operations like creates, deletes, and renames.
- Safe: All file accesses validate checksums for integrity. All file writes include redundancy for error correction.
- Dependable: Highly accurate auto-merge that uses the whole history to resolve conflicts. Most other systems use variations of diff3.
- Discernable: Source annotations instantly available.
- Fast: High performance and scales to very large repositories.
- Free: Licensed under the Apache Version 2 license
BitKeeper Alternatives & Comparisons
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Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.
Mercurial is dedicated to speed and efficiency with a sane user interface. It is written in Python. Mercurial's implementation and data structures are designed to be fast. You can generate diffs between revisions, or jump back in time within seconds.
Subversion exists to be universally recognized and adopted as an open-source, centralized version control system characterized by its reliability as a safe haven for valuable data; the simplicity of its model and usage; and its ability to support the needs of a wide variety of users and projects, from individuals to large-scale enterprise operations.
Plastic SCM is a distributed version control designed for big projects. It excels on branching and merging, graphical user interfaces, and can also deal with large files and even file-locking (great for game devs). It includes "semantic" features like refactor detection to ease diffing complex refactors.
It is an interface to the version control system Git, implemented as an Emacs package. It aspires to be a complete Git porcelain. While we cannot (yet) claim that it wraps and improves upon each and every Git command, it is complete enough to allow even experienced Git users to perform almost all of their daily version control tasks directly from within Emacs. While many fine Git clients exist, only deserve to be called porcelains.