We're rebuilding our Subversion server (currently HTTPS via Apache2) and considering just using svnserve instead of via Apache. We don't need any of the fancy features you get using Subversion via Apache.
The only thing I'm unsure about- we have some remote users who need to checkout code. Is the data sent to them via svnserve encrypted, or plain text over the wire? I don't want to use it if it's plain-text over the wire.
I also heard a rumor that if you use SASL with svnserve, you can force it to use encryption over the wire. Is that true?