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    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.

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      You can have a local Hg repo and push/pull to GitHub no problem.

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        Could you go into a bit of detail on the best practice/most solid way to use Hg locally with a Github repo?

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          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.