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Fabian Giesen @rygorous
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@mogwai_poet @bengrue Linux always had a very distributed dev model; before git they were on BitKeeper, when BitKeeper suddenly revoked their license they needed something new quickly. That's how git happened. (From around the time: lwn.net/Articles/13074…)
@mogwai_poet @bengrue they literally went from "we have everything in source control" to "uh oh, and now we don't" and needed a replacement ASAP, and that replacement was thrown together in 2 weeks from a box of scraps, and was git.
@mogwai_poet @bengrue also worth noting that the primary workflow Torvalds cared about at the time was merging patch series sent via email to his local tree; there was no client-server stuff whatsoever in the initial version.
@mogwai_poet @bengrue so yeah, git was designed to solve the problem "I get hundreds of patches from contributors over email every day and need to merge them into my local tree", was written to solve that (in a very short time), and literally every git command you would actually use (the "porcelain")
@mogwai_poet @bengrue either didn't exist in the initial version or worked differently because the merge-fro-email thing was the use case.
@mogwai_poet @bengrue so yeah, unless your workflow has no central source control server and hundreds of developers sending each other patch series over email, you're not using git for the problem it was originally meant to solve.
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