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InfoWorld: Linus Torvalds' BitKeeper Blunder

May 02, 2005, 20:30 (8 Talkback[s])
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"Open source developers, as you might expect, typically use free compilers, editors, and other tools to build their software. But three years ago Linux creator Linus Torvalds began using a proprietary, closed-source software version control system called BitKeeper to maintain the source code for the Linux kernel. It was a controversial decision, to be sure, and one that appears to have finally--and perhaps predictably--come back to bite him.

"Version-control systems facilitate collaborative software projects by maintaining a central repository of source code..."

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