The @brentsimmons on Mercurial versus Git

Software

Mac legend Brent Simmons writing “How We Work Together”:

To swim with the current these days is to use git. But I like Mercurial better — and I think Mercurial is to Macintosh as git is to Windows. That’s probably not fair or rational, but it doesn’t really matter, since both git and Mercurial are excellent systems.

I have similar sentiments. While I find Mercurial to be a far better fit personally, I made the switch to Git largely because most of my favourite projects now use it. Which is to say, they use Github.

I do have a couple of private hg repos on Bitbucket, but I’ll probably be making the switch to Git soon. A smarter person could juggle both systems, but I prefer just using the one. Heck I only just stopped using SVN for my personal projects last year, and CVS for my FreeBSD updates.

Good heavens, remember CVS? I may prefer Mercurial, but wow Git is a lovely warm cup of tea compared to that!

Follow up

A few people have informed me on Twitter that it’s spelled “git”, not “Git”. While technically true, it’s “Yahoo!” not “Yahoo” as well, but who spells it as such? I suppose including a whopping big logo with the correct spelling didn’t compensate for my use of capitalisation (^_~).

Author bio and support

Me!

Ruben Schade is a technical writer and IaaS engineer in Sydney, Australia who refers to himself in the third person in bios. Wait, not BIOS… my brain should be EFI by now.

The site is powered by Hugo, FreeBSD, and OpenZFS on OrionVM, everyone’s favourite cloud infrastructure provider.

If you found this post helpful or entertaining, you can shout me a coffee or buy some silly merch. Thanks!