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Free Software Magazine: Working Together and Sharing Code with TLA

Oct 20, 2005, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carlo Contavalli)

"If you ever worked on a free software project or if you have ever worked as a developer, you probably know that managing source code, patches, and software release cycles is not the easiest task to perform. Things get even worse if lots of people are working on the same project: more code to manage, more people to coordinate, more patches to integrate and mainstream. Even if you don't write software or have never worked on such projects, I'm sure that as an addicted computer user sometimes you felt like 'hey, why didn't I make a backup of that document,' or 'hell... I liked it better before' or 'wow... why was that change introduced? I can't remember it...' In this article, I won't talk about the importance of backups, which should already be clear in every reader's mind, but I will introduce a new and very powerful system useful for managing source trees, tracking down changes, and allowing many people or groups to work together or independently on the same projects: TLA, often referred as GNU Arch, a new generation Version Control System (VCS)..."

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