Software Version Control

These notes describe how source repositories are used to manage source code in a FOSS development project.

Forges: Integrated Software Hosting Sites

There are several web sites that provide hosting for FOSS development projects. These sites bring together a variety of tools used in a distributed software development project, including:

  • Social networking tools
  • Communication tools
  • Bug tracking tools
  • Documentation tools
  • Code management -- i.e., version control -- tools

Take a tour of these two examples:

Version Control Systems

There are many different version control systems now available, all of which do the same thing: support the collaborative software development effort by managing the different versions of the software and allowing individual contributors to merge their contributions with others.