As announced on the XML Graphics General mailing list I'd like to call for a vote on the migration of both Batik and FOP to Subversion.
There are two main reasons for this move: - Over on the XML Graphics mailing list we are discussing and further clarifying a plan to create a common space for components used by both Batik and FOP subprojects. A migration to SVN prior to that would greatly simplify the process because we can simply move files across within the SVN repository. We would also maintain full history of the files which would not be possible with CVS as there are separate repositories for each subproject. - The ASF Infrastructure team is increasing the pressure on ASF projects to migrate away from CVS over to SVN as it simplifies maintenance and in the long run they don't have to provide unix accounts for every committer, further decreasing the maintenance efforts. It was hinted that CVS will be discontinued within the ASF at the end of 2005. That's not a fixed date but it's only a question of time. Those who follow the infrastructure list will see that projects are migrating to SVN one after another. If you want to have a look how many projects already migrated go to . We already have the XML Graphics website on SVN. Of course, this has some consequences I don't want to hide: - People have to get acquainted with a new tool. Like for CVS there is a command line client which is the main client for SVN. There's already a wide range of graphical clients even though many of them are not yet as mature as the equivalents for CVS. On Windows, for example, there's an excellent client called TortoiseSVN  which plugs into the Windows Explorer. On Mac OSX there's SCPlugin  that plugs into Finder. On Eclipse 3 there's at least one advanced SVN plugin . Note that the latter doesn't yet support all features that the CVS integration provides but it's in a usable state for day to day work. You always have the option to use the command-line client which is easy to learn and use. A more comprehensive list of SVN clients can be found at . The documentation on SVN in genereal has very good quality . - There have been stability problems until a few weeks ago. This was due to ViewCVS which in certain situations caused connections to the embedded Berkeley DB not to be closed (hanging processes). These situation resulted in locks not being released. This is now resolved (AFAIK) by ViewCVS accessing a read-only copy of the repository. But there also has been bugfixing to improve the situation. - Thomas DeWeese raised some concerns about the handling of binary files. In my experience, SVN automatically detects binary files very reliably and out-of-the-box. Additionally, you can configure the SVN client to automatically set the correct MIME type for newly added files with a certain extension. As a personal statement, I can tell that I'm now using Subversion myself for over a year and I've never regretted that choice. Last summer I migrated the company I worked for until the end of last year to Subversion and they are very happy with the results. It's not that I'm not working there anymore because of that. ;-) I understand that the Batik team is currently preparing for a release. If this vote passes, we will time the migration accordingly not to generate any trouble for this process, i.e. we would do the migration after the Batik release.  http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/  http://tortoisesvn.tigris.org/  http://scplugin.tigris.org/  http://subclipse.tigris.org/  http://subversion.tigris.org/project_links.html  http://svnbook.red-bean.com/ I'm glad to answer any question you might have on the subject. (This vote goes to the batik-dev and fop-dev mailing lists. I'll collect the votes in 3 to 4 days and will present the results again to both lists.) Jeremias Maerki