SAN FRANCISCO, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- BitMover, the technology leader of
enterprise development tools, announced today that it will focus exclusively
on the development of the commercial version of their industry leading
configuration management system, BitKeeper.
"We've experienced explosive growth over the last two years," said
Bob Burres, VP of Sales. "We're doubling year over year and our commercial
users exceed those using BitKeeper on Open Source projects. Focusing our
energy on our cutting edge commercial products will ensure we maintain our
competitive advantage and allow us to continue delivering world class
"BitKeeper is already one of the most advanced SCM products on the
market," said Holt Mebane, an architect in HP's Imaging and Personal Systems
Group. "BitKeeper has an exciting roadmap, and we recognize that a BitKeeper
product with these features will be invaluable to our firmware design
The commercial version of BitKeeper has an exciting roadmap which
-- Integration with major IDEs such as Eclipse
-- Revamped GUI tools conforming to Windows standards
-- Defect tracking database with a powerful integrated scripting language
-- Peer review database system
-- Cherry picking across branches
-- Scaling to 1,000,000 changesets in one repository
-- Scaling to an unlimited number of files
-- Module (subtree) support
-- Enhanced binary management
-- Better license management and control
-- Management reporting tools
BitMover looks forward to implementing our extensive roadmap and
delivering advanced SCM technology to a wider market.
As part of this focus, BitMover has replaced the free version of BitKeeper
with the recently released open source BitKeeper client. Those developers who
desire additional functionality may choose to migrate to the more powerful
commercial version of BitKeeper.
Major projects hosted at www.bkbits.net, such as the Linux kernel, will
continue to be hosted and updated there, either by a commercial developer
within the project or by BitMover.
Our relationship with the Open Source community has been evolving and many
of the key developers have already migrated to the commercial version of
BitKeeper. Those developers will continue to enjoy the full features of
"Both BitMover and the Open Source community have benefited from our
relationship over the last 5 years," said BitMover's CEO Larry McVoy.
"BitKeeper is a more robust product and the development pace for the Linux
kernel has more than doubled as a result of BitKeeper's implementation of the
Delta Development Model."
"BK has been a huge boon to the kernel in the way it taught us how to work
better," said Linux leader Linus Torvalds. "We will continue to apply those
lessons going forward."
"The highly distributed model of BitKeeper really revolutionized kernel
development, allowing us all to work in parallel, and essentially giving a lot
more people commit privileges to the upstream tree, while still maintaining
the human 'trust tree' that Linus has spent over a decade building," said
Jeff Garzik, a senior Linux developer at Red Hat.
For those projects which do not wish to migrate to commercial BitKeeper,
BitMover will continue to maintain the repositories hosted on bkbits.net and
will provide CVS repositories of the history on a time-permitting basis. CVS
repositories for the Linux kernel already exist and are mirrored on
Founded in 1998, BitMover Inc. is a privately held Silicon Valley-based
company that produces BitKeeper. BitKeeper shortens the software development
lifecycle by providing the industry's only peer-to-peer collaborative
development tool. Many of the world's largest independent software and
hardware vendors have used BitKeeper to more effectively manage their
development projects. Companies from startups to the Fortune 50 use BitKeeper
to increase their productivity. BitKeeper enables best practices in software
development through powerful workflow capabilities, gives managers enhanced
control over their projects, and enables greater productivity in engineers
through best-in-class merge technology. More than 60,000 BitKeeper seats are
deployed worldwide. For more information, please see
NOTE: BitMover and BitKeeper are trademarks of BitMover, Inc. Linux is a
trademark of Linus Torvalds
SOURCE BitMover, Inc.