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Posted on by Andrew Clarke (not verified).

In my opinion, Git is too clever for it's own good. I acknowledge it's power, but I don't feel like having to earn a PhD in Git just to use it. I'm over the complexity and now yearn for the safety and simplicity of Subversion. I found this page because, after 3 years away from svn, I'm curious to see if the merging power is improved to Git-like levels. On the assumption that it is, I'd encourage any small or medium team to pick Subversion over Git if you aren't anal about avoiding a central repository. (But if that was the case, explain why teams so often use GitHub... (ok, you don't really have to explain))

If you don't want to employ a full-time merge master, or you are afraid of your dev team being crippled if this magician leaves, try Subversion first. Sure, Git will give the repository master more power, but it'll annoy, confuse and scare the hell out of the regulars, or they'll just pretend they like it...

I for one am fed up with spending a day at a time fixing a mess just because I haven't put a massive investment into studying Git inside and out. I want simplicity! Adding simplicity is always a good step for any system. Git desperately needs a good dose...


Sigh, think I have to study Git in depth even though I shouldn't have to; there's no avoiding it. Maybe in 6 months I'll come back and explain how simple it is, but then again, probably not.

Cheers and peace-out homies.

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