I know that Github was mentioned, but what about the ecosystem support of other extensions?
I think that’s a major factor holding people to Git/Github.
It’s an interesting idea that an easier to use VCS might also encourage more project involvement.
You can have a local Hg repo and push/pull to GitHub no problem.
Could you go into a bit of detail on the best practice/most solid way to use Hg locally with a Github repo?
I’ve been using hg-git with great success. I haven’t used it for much other than making branches (hg bookmarks in this case) and pushing them and merging them, but I’ve been really surprised how well things work. One reason I like it is because some operations in git that I felt were a bit ad-hoc, like squashing commits via an interactive rebase, are a simpler and safer experience in hg with the evolve plugin. Just hg fold --from .... I haven’t tried making tags or signing commits, but for what I’m doing this simpler workflow seems to work fine.
hg fold --from ...