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20 March 2009, 13:30

GNOME desktop project migrates to Git

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The open source GNOME desktop project has changed version control systems (VCS) to Git. The Git version management system was originally created by Linus Torvalds for the development of the Linux kernel. Other projects managed with Git include Ruby on Rails, WINE, and Perl. A working preview of the GNOME Git repositories are already available. The official migration date is the 16th of April, which coincides with the release of version 2.26.1 of GNOME.

At the end of 2008, the GNOME project called on all active contributors to take part in a survey to decide whether the project should switch from a Subversion to a distributed version management system. Those who took part in the survey preferred a switch. The majority were in favour of Git as a potential candidate. At the end of January, several developers started migrating the Subversion repositories to Git. The process has been documented and published.

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