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July 26, 2011 / David Bleeker

Torvalds’s Git: The ‘it’ technology for software version control

Git, the open source distributed software version control system pioneered by Linux founder Linus Torvalds in 2005, is now gaining real momentum with developers. But don’t count out rivals like Mercurial and the still-dominant Apache Subversion platform.

In the past three years, the Eclipse Community Survey on open source development has seen Git grow from 2 percent adoption in 2009 to nearly 13 percent this year, says Forrester analyst Jeffrey Hammond, who has assisted with the survey.

“Git has been gaining share for open source development largely because of its distributed architecture. It is designed by Linus Torvalds and used for Linux itself, so that gives it great credibility,” says IDC’s Hilwa. “Being distributed and having a native command-line interface does not make it easy, but there are plug-ins for the major IDEs.” [read more]

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