Follow

Huh, Facebook vanished from development since sometime in October 2018. They're not in the mailing lists, the IRC channel, and they're certainly not sending patches anymore.

I wonder what's up? They've been threatening to fork off for a long while now. I bet they finally did it.

I, for one, am relieved to see them gone. They did some good stuff but they were also a little unpleasant to work with.

· · Web · 3 · 0 · 2

@dimpase Unlikely but possible. They're still making public patches to their essentially fb-only hg tools.

I expect they'll resurface in a year or two with Facebookial or something.

@JordiGH

Intetesting take.

Thanks for putting it out there.

@JordiGH hmm, 2018-10 is around when..:

1. Python 3 porting progress started happening (cf. mercurial-scm.org/wiki/Python3 )
2. the Rust / Oxidation work starting picking up (cf. mercurial-scm.org/wiki/Oxidati )

Related to a worry about keeping internal codebases up to date with soon-to-be-rapidly-changing upstream(s)?

@gnomon Oh, could be! Neither of those things were fb-initiated. They really were always wanting to do their own thing and would get unhappy when there was pushback.

@gnomon Wait, there are problems with this theory. fb has bragged in the past how all of their codebase (except hg, I guess) has been Python 3 for a while. Also, they also wrote their own Rust hg server.

Sign in to participate in the conversation
Mathstodon

The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Own your data with Mastodon!