developerWorks: Version Control for Linux

“Version control systems, or source management systems, are an
important aspect of modern software development. Not using one is
like driving a car too fast: it’s fun and you might get to your
destination faster, but an accident is inevitable. This article
provides an overview of Software Configuration Management (SCM)
systems and their benefits, including CVS, Subversion, Arch, and
Git. It also reviews the most common SCM architectures. Finally, it
explores some of the new approaches that are available and how they
differ from the earlier methods…”

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