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The Birth of Git - The Second Greatest Story Ever Told

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October 5, 2009 9:40 AM

Waikiki, HI

Waikiki, HI

Many Railsers have been using Git for a while now, but the story of how it came about and how some of the early design decisions were made is enlightening. Fresh off using BitKeeper, no distributed version control system existed in April 2005 that would handle the kernel, so two were started within days of each other by two Linux kernel hackers - Mercurial and Git. This story will go back and see how and why each system made it’s early and key decisions and should help the audience understand the fundamental differences between the systems, understand Git itself better and think about Version Control as a system in a different light.

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