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About Git

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In this chapter we get introduced to Git, the most popular open-source version control system in the world.

Clarice Bouwer

Software Engineering Team Lead and Director of Cloudsure

Monday, 10 October 2022 · Estimated 1 minute read


Git is a fast, scalable, distributed revision control system with an unusually rich command set that provides both high-level operations and full access to internals.

— Official Git readme

  • Git is a distributed Version Control System as in it is software that runs locally on your and your team members' machines and remotely on the server.
  • It's free and Open Source project; distributed under GNU General Public License version 2 (some parts of it are under different licenses, compatible with the GPLv2).
  • The original authors are Linus Torvalds and Junio C. Hamano.
  • It was written with the help of a group of hackers around the net.
  • It was released in 2005.

What is Git?

This video explains what Git is and why it's a critical skill to have.

Git is the most popular open-source version control system in the world. Everyday, millions of people use Git to track their project history and collaborate effectively.

— Programming with Mosh YouTube video below

😂 Did you know?

From the official readme:

The name "git" was given by Linus Torvalds when he wrote the very first version. He described the tool as "the stupid content tracker" and the name as (depending on your mood):

  • random three-letter combination that is pronounceable, and not actually used by any common UNIX command. The fact that it is a mispronunciation of "get" may or may not be relevant.
  • stupid. contemptible and despicable. simple. Take your pick from the dictionary of slang.
  • "global information tracker": you're in a good mood, and it actually works for you. Angels sing, and a light suddenly fills the room.
  • "goddamn idiotic truckload of sh*t": when it breaks.

Chapter objectives

✅ You should be able to give a brief explanation of what Git is.