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What is the benefit of user accounts when using Fisheye without Crucible

I am starting to evaluate Fisheye (download edition) for my organisation, and have a question about how users work. We currently use WebSVN to visualise our repositories.

Access to WebSVN is not in any way controlled or segregated - any authenticated user (at least 50 developers here) can see all repositories (all 120 of them).

In the "How do you define a user" section of the Fisheye pricing page, it says that anonymous users "do not count against license totals". Bearing in mind our current policy regarding who can see what, I am not sure therefore whether we need to buy more than the cheapest 'non-starter' rate licence. There will only be one or two administrative users.

Apart from administrative users, what other benefits does Fisheye bring to a non-anonymous user? We don't intend to use Crucible.

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Hi richiethorn,

If browsing source code is the only thing you expect developers to do with Fisheye, then you'll be fine using the 10-user commercial license and WebSVN.

Fisheye does offer much more than that, though, that developers might find useful. Things like the commit graph -

Reports, charts, and code metric -

and things like searching and having developer stats (LoC commited, last activity).


Thanks for that information. Do the features you mention in your answer require/work-better-with a logged in user?

I'm not sure actually. The features don't require a user to be logged in, but without a username you will only be able to see things by committer name. For your case, you might be able to ake use of all the features just fine with anonymous access.

One thing that you might consider is that when user mapping is set up I can log in as a user and see my personal activity. It becomes also easier to identify the authors of changes via their names and avatars.

On another topic features like shares and mentions introduced in FishEye 2.8 will only work with authenticated users.

Hope that helps.


Hi Sten, thanks for this, but these features mainly seem associated with Crucible, which we won't be using (at least initially).

Shares and mentions are definitely part of FishEye, as well as the Activity Stream. Then, it's up to you :)

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