GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams
Version Control Repository
20190307 In this chapter we review the use of git for the control of versions of documents. The concept of version control is central to any software development project as well as data science and almost any material generated on a computer. The concept itself is very old, with some of the original tools including SCCS (Source Code Control System) and RCS (Revision Control System) which I originally used in the 1970s and 1980s. The 1990s brought CVS (Concurrent Versions System) and SVN (Subversion) with git providing the current state-of-the-art since 2005.
The modern version control systems support distributed version control. Subversion, for example, does not use the distributed model whilst Bazaar, developed by Canonical, set the standard for distributed version control systems.