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"I understood how to install Mercurial and how to use it in a few minutes." -Giorgos Keramidas
Just works the way I expect - Paul Moore
It took me one evening to get comfortable with it.  About a month to better understand its distributed nature. - Isaac Jurado 
[Mercurial] can be configured to support either simple environments or very complicated streams of changes interacting in custom ways, and it does all that without becoming a humongous monster of complexity. - Giorgos Keramidas
The dev's of Hg are generally friendly and approachable. - Gerard Korsten
The code base for Hg is pretty small and yet its pretty feature complete. - Gerard Korsten
Simplicity, being distributed, extensibility, speed, familiarity, bash completion, understandable and reasonably small code base - Peter Arrenbrecht
The team on the project gradually grew from just me to a few people here and abroad. This was a totally seamless experience - Peter Arrenbrecht
Easy to understand at a practical level. - Michael Estrand
The included web server [...] replaces a lot of functionality of GUI tools in a truly multiplatform way. - Daniel Serpell
There isn't much to learn to be effective. - Doug Philips
It took my less than an hour to understand it. - Thomas Burdick
It has a tortoise so I can actually show my boss its highly productive even in windows. - Thomas Burdick
The commands usually do what I assume them to do. - Bastian Doetsch
Mercurial's conceptual model is clean and simple enough to carry around in my head” - hgbook
It's so easy to start a project; hg init, and you're good to go. - Paul Fisher
It simply works [...]. - Hans Meine
Mercurial offers an excellent "sweet spot" in terms of flexibility, simplicity, and speed. - Alex Martelli, Google Tech Lead.
These days, Mercurial is what my wife Anna and I use for all new personal projects, and all open-source and community projects where it's an option. - Alex Martelli, Google Tech Lead.