README: Git is released under the GPLv2, not just "the GPL"
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3 GIT - the stupid content tracker
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7"git" can mean anything, depending on your mood.
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9 - random three-letter combination that is pronounceable, and not
10 actually used by any common UNIX command. The fact that it is a
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12 - stupid. contemptible and despicable. simple. Take your pick from the
13 dictionary of slang.
14 - "global information tracker": you're in a good mood, and it actually
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16 - "goddamn idiotic truckload of sh*t": when it breaks
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18Git is a fast, scalable, distributed revision control system with an
19unusually rich command set that provides both high-level operations
20and full access to internals.
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22Git is an Open Source project covered by the GNU General Public
23License version 2 (some parts of it are under different licenses,
24compatible with the GPLv2).
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25It was originally written by Linus Torvalds with help of a group of
26hackers around the net. It is currently maintained by Junio C Hamano.
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28Please read the file INSTALL for installation instructions.
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8a124b82 30See Documentation/gittutorial.txt to get started, then see
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31Documentation/everyday.txt for a useful minimum set of commands, and
32Documentation/git-commandname.txt for documentation of each command.
33If git has been correctly installed, then the tutorial can also be
34read with "man gittutorial" or "git help tutorial", and the
35documentation of each command with "man git-commandname" or "git help
36commandname".
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38CVS users may also want to read Documentation/gitcvs-migration.txt
39("man gitcvs-migration" or "git help cvs-migration" if git is
40installed).
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f73b3af3 42Many Git online resources are accessible from http://git-scm.com/
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43including full documentation and Git related tools.
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45The user discussion and development of Git take place on the Git
46mailing list -- everyone is welcome to post bug reports, feature
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47requests, comments and patches to git@vger.kernel.org (read
48Documentation/SubmittingPatches for instructions on patch submission).
49To subscribe to the list, send an email with just "subscribe git" in
50the body to majordomo@vger.kernel.org. The mailing list archives are
51available at http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=git and other archival
52sites.
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54The messages titled "A note from the maintainer", "What's in
55git.git (stable)" and "What's cooking in git.git (topics)" and
56the discussion following them on the mailing list give a good
57reference for project status, development direction and
58remaining tasks.