When comparing Subversion vs Perforce, the Slant community recommends Perforce for most people. In the question“What are the best version control systems?” Perforce is ranked 6th while Subversion is ranked 10th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Clear and simple operation
It has linear history, central repository and management. Lacks too complex features, almost every developer is familiar with it, so everyone knows what to expect and how to work with it.
Pro Binary files handled efficiently
Pro File locking
Pro Free-form versioned metadata
Pro Incremental revision numbers
Gives you a better indication on how old a specific revision is without needing any more details.
Pro Multi platform availability
Pro GUI and Visual Studio integration available
Pro Central repository/server
There's a central repository and a clear path/protocol how to reach it.
Con Branches are hell. Conflicts are hell.
Svn is hard to use on multi-topics workflows. Branches exist but are often not used because of the fear of the merge hell.
Also, conflicts are a big deal and happen on the server; it feels like you only have one try and no way to abort/retry your conflict.
Con Underlying model is totally flawed
Need to code in a rural area? Away on a retreat away from a good network connection? On a plane?
Con Closed Source
Branching becomes a pain due to its non-distributed model
Con Does not work offline
You must be connected to the internet to do anything useful. Although, there is a Git <-> Perforce bridge that sorta solves the problem.