[wp-hackers] Switching from SVN

Mike Schinkel mikeschinkel at newclarity.net
Sun Dec 12 05:54:56 UTC 2010

On Dec 12, 2010, at 12:47 AM, Andrew Nacin wrote:
> The point is, it's extremely different. The kernel uses a lieutenants
> system. They have a hierarchy of branches, each with their own gatekeeper,
> for many different modules, submodules, and components. When the merge
> window opens, Linus accepts patches that his lieutenants have signed off on.
> He doesn't read, and certainly doesn't audit or test, all of them -- the
> entire system is built on a hierarchy of trust and a hierarchy of branches.
> WordPress does not use a lieutenants system. There are five active primary
> gatekeepers for a single branch of code, three leads and two with permanent
> commit. There are also four component committers currently, two permanent
> and two guest, who operate under the advice of the lead developers, but it's
> a circle of trust, rather than a hierarchy. It's heavily centralized, with
> everyone with the same powers and responsibilities on the same branch of
> code.

That was super helpful, seriously.  Thanks for explaining.


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