Vesta is a software configuration management system. I have found it to be far superior to other products on the market. This includes both free software offerings as well as commercial software. The version control system that I've used and administered over the years include: (in chronological order)
With the exceptions of ClearCase and Vesta, all of the systems in the list require the use of additional software like make, nmake cmake, cook, ... to perform the task of configuration management. Even ClearCase users continue to use make, nmake, and VisualStudio project files.
Here are a couple of articles from the Vesta web site that start to explain why Vesta is the better choice. "Why You Should be Using Vesta" and "Assessment of Various SCM Systems". The article referenced in "Assessment of Various SCM Systems", Shlomi Fish, "Better SCM comparison" can be accessed at http://better-scm.shlomifish.org/comparison/
If you'd like to learn more about Vesta, then check out the Vesta website at http://www.vestasys.org and at http://sourceforge.net/projects/vesta/. Both sites have .rpm and .deb packages available to download. I have successfully installed the .deb files for Vesta 2.1.12.pre13/13 onto Debian 8 "Jessie".
More information about Vesta is available from:
- Software Configuration Management Using Vesta ISBN: 0-387-00229-4
- A variety of research reports from Digital Equipment Corp (aka Compaq and HP)
I'll try to get a list of links to these reports, or post them directly on this site if licensing allows.