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Not the nicest of names!
Initially I was under the impression its was repository for clever computer code but understand that it might have some useful info for the less PC literate among us!
Can someone explain how it all works..and where the awful name came from??!!
It is basically a revision control system that tracks and manages changes to files. Often those files are the source code for computer programs but they can be any type of files. For example if you have a text document by saving it to Github you can track and record any changes you or others make to that document. You can go back to any point in the documents history and extract the version that existed at that time.
- now according to Wikipedia 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 way):
- 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.
I use it for software and for PCB designs.
I don't think therefore, that I need to lose any sleep over GITHUB!