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  • While Perforce's readonlyness and the limited supply of licenses bothers me too (rsync just does not cut it, while I have patches waiting in my tree), doing something that makes it even more difficult for Win32 programmers to participate seems to me to be a very bad idea.

    I can barely get feedback from Win32 users on my pure-Perl modules; it's difficult to believe that there are any Win32 programmers interested in using Perl and willing to install both Cygwin and Git to get at the source code.

    • All I can say in reply to that is that Im one of a very small group of active contributors to Perl5 that uses Win32. And if it doesnt bother me, I'm not too sure why it should bother anybody else. Egotistical I guess, but hey, disk space is cheap, and installing cygwin is easy.

      Also, I tend to think that anybody doing serious OpenSource dev on Win32 has Cygwin installed anyway. Its just too useful and too much of pain to get the required toolsets working from elsewhere.

      But, I have to say I dont see how we ge
      • The last time I did any work on Windows, I used Cygwin as well, but that's because I was much more comfortable with Unix than Windows. I don't know if long-time Windows developers who've never really used Unix would feel the same need to install Cygwin that I did (and I can only guess at your background).

        I just feel leery about switching to a tool that doesn't yet have a native version on such an important platform where we don't attract many contributors. (I can only guess at how Git works on OS/2 and VMS, however they're not exactly growing audiences.)

        • The VMS crowd, however, is very stable minority of users. Unfortunately, they cannot use Perforce natively on recent VMS versions, specifically on Itaniums. There is actually a very limited number of platforms that can natively use the most recent version of Perforce. For example, support for AIX, OpenBSD, and IRIX seems to be dropping off. The lack of git on Win32, however, is much more concerning issue as this effects a large number of Perl users.