[webkit-dev] Version control survey

Maciej Stachowiak mjs at apple.com
Sat Mar 10 11:52:15 PST 2012

On Mar 10, 2012, at 10:56 AM, Ryosuke Niwa wrote:

> On Sat, Mar 10, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs at apple.com> wrote:
> Unfortunately SurveyMonkey sucks and I can't give everyone access to live responses without paying them money. Current results:
> - 97 people have answered
> - About 67% use Git only (this has been consistent throughout the survey)
> - Aabout 20% use Subversion only
> - About 13% use Git and Subversion
> - No one checked "Other"
> As far as contribution levels of the responders:
> - 37% are WebKit reviewers
> - 25% are WebKit committers
> - 25% are WebKit contributors (but presumably not committers or reviewers yet)
> - 13% are not WebKit contributors
> Can we see the breakdown of git/svn users among reviewers & committers?
> I'm not certain if it's really useful to consider votes casted by non-contributors here since we're presumably not trying to decide which version control system is more popular in general public.

I would indeed like to get the contributor-only (and reviewer/committer-only) statistics, but I'm having trouble upgrading to the "pro" account that would enable this. I'll post the data once I have it.

I do think it is somewhat interesting to find out what non-contributors who nontheless check out source are using to access the WebKit repository. The fact that so many people use Git says to me that our basic checkout instructions should include the relevant git instructions as an alternative. SVN instructions are on the main site at <http://www.webkit.org/building/checkout.html> but Git instructions are buried in the wiki.


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