Let me tell you something. Of all the time I have ever used DVCSes, over the last twenty years if we count Smalltalk changesets and twelve or so if you don’t, I have wanted to have the full history while offline a grand total of maybe about six times. And this is merely going down over time as bandwidth gets ever more readily available. If you work as a field tech, or on a space station, or in a submarine or something, then okay, sure, this is a huge feature for you. But for the rest of us, I am going to assert that this is not the use case you need to optimize for when choosing a VCS. And don’t even get me started on how many developers seem to assume that they can’t get work done if GitHub goes down. Suffice it to say that I think most developers are pretty fundamentally unaware of how to use their DVCS in a distributed manner in the first place.

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