The Great Git Experiment
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This undercurrent of dissatisfaction came to a head last week at EclipseCon. I was cornered by several committers who were quite angry at having been forced to adopt Git and demanded that I allow them to roll back to CVS. The general consensus was that while at face value, Git appears to be better suited for encouraging contribution, the confusing nature of its workflow was actually having an opposite effect.
Data collected by Dash confirms it: many projects are actually losing committers and contributors because of Git. Non-committer contributions to projects has steadily dropped over the last twelve months. Projects that switched to Git early in the migration process did on average experience a short spike in contributions in the last few months of 2011, but in the general case, the contribution curve drops almost linearly from that period.
Faced with the backlash and drop in contribution, we have no choice. After careful consideration, and extensive discussions with the Eclipse Webmaster, we have decided that we have no choice but to migrate back to CVS. Given resource constraints–the webmaster team cannot support three version control systems–support for Git has been deprecated effective today. The Git server will be shutdown on December 21/2013.