I try to understand the benefits of distributed version control system (DVCS).
Mercurial and others DVCS promote a new way of working on code with changesets and local commits. It prevents from merging hell and other collaboration issues
We are not affected by this as I practice continuous integration and working alone in a private branch is not an option, unless we are experimenting. We use a branch for every major version, in which we fix bugs merged from the trunk.
Mercurial allows you to have lieutenants
I understand this can be useful for very large projects like Linux, but I don't see the value in small and highly collaborative teams (5 to 7 people).
Mercurial is faster, takes less disk space and full local copy allows faster logs & diffs operations.
I'm not concerned by this either, as I didn't notice speed or space problems with SVN even with very large projects I'm working on.
I'm seeking for your personal experiences and/or opinions from former SVN geeks. Especially regarding the changesets concept and overall performance boost you measured.
UPDATE (12th Jan): I'm now convinced that it worth a try.
UPDATE (12th Jun): I kissed Mercurial and I liked it. The taste of his cherry local commits. I kissed Mercurial just to try it. I hope my SVN Server don't mind it. It felt so wrong. It felt so right. Don't mean I'm in love tonight.