Since the launch a couple of weeks ago the growth of uberSVN has been nothing short of spectacular. We’ve had thousands of downloads and successful installs. Probably the only thing to raise our eyebrows a little is the amount of support tickets or to be more precise the lack of them! I must admit (touch wood) that this is / was by far the best new product launch that I have ever been part of! The feedback (and unsolicited too) has been terrific. Another well done to the uberSVN team!
It is very important that we don’t rest on our laurels and push forward with new features (such as LDAP integration) and enhancements (which is the posh way of saying bug fixes) and acting on user-feedback. To that end, we met last week in Napa to sanity check the feature pipeline of uberSVN and our other products. I think it’s safe to say that the best is yet to come!
We have some pretty big plans for the product. Indeed the goal from the start was for uberSVN to be a living, expanding product guided by a large community of users. One of the fundamental early features of uberSVN is the easy to use auto-update mechanism that allows us to offer these new features and functions to users very quickly.
Next week we’ve got a minor release coming out. Here’s what is planned:
- LDAP Authentication – this has been requested by many users
- Bug fixes including native language support, loading repos from large dump files.
The next major release will be in late June / early July and we will be announcing some pretty big news at OSCON. Here’s a sneak-peak:
- Integration with Subversion MultiSite
- Scheduling back-up / import
- Bundling some cool third party tools, pre-integrated with uberSVN.
- Tool for adding / extending uberSVN.
- A fully documented API for third party integration.
- ???? You’ll just have to wait but we have a pretty big surprise up our sleeves!
Partnerships will have a big part to play in the uberSVN ecosystem. We have been working with several leading tools vendors for several months to include them in this new ecosystem and it’s something we are pretty excited about. We will be opening this up to other vendors after July so if you’re interested in joining the uberSVN ecosystem, drop me a line.
I should also probably address some of the spam comments from our competition friends. This is not an open source product. Why? Simple, it doesn’t need to be! We are part of the Apache Subversion project and we believe that Subversion, as a stand-alone product, should continue to be the best SCM product on the planet. We are going to ensure that uberSVN always uses the latest Subversion Binaries in an unmodified form (our uberSVN users will be able to automatically install the new release of Subversion, 1.6.17, due out next week). In fact we will always offer the open source subversion binaries on our website. It’s important to us that we always offer users a choice.
It’s a Beta product. Gmail was in Beta for 5 years. I was one of the early users and used it for banking, my kids’ school stuff and a whole bunch of things that I couldn’t really do without. It didn’t mean that it didn’t work. In fact Google only removed the Beta tag when they believed that “the beta tag just doesn’t fit for large enterprises that aren’t keen to run their business on software that sounds like it’s still in the trial phase.” In this case we are looking to reach a ‘complete’ set of features – as I said earlier this product is going to get much bigger – in the words of old blue eyes “the best is yet to come!“