Version control systems play an essential role for developers. First up, they allow developers to safely store successive versions of source code. Besides providing a secure backup of the source code, this type of software lets developers revert back to a stable release if subsequent code changes have unforeseen consequences.
Equally important, revision control tools enable team members to work simultaneously on a project’s code. If you have ever collaborated with other people on a project, you will appreciate the frustration caused by swapping files. Revision control is an excellent way to combat the problem of sharing files between developers without treading on each other’s toes. For open source projects having tens/hundreds of people working on the same code base, revision control software is essential.
Furthermore, version control systems make it possible to create a new branch of the application source code, and work on that branch without affecting the stability of the original version.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 11 high quality free and open source Linux revision control tools. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who wants to collaborate with other people on a project. Here’s our verdict captured in a legendary LinuxLinks-style ratings chart.
Click the links in the table below to learn more about each tool.
|Revision Control Tools
|Used in high profile open source projects, most notably the Linux kernel
|General system that can be used to manage any collection of files
|Fast, lightweight Source Control Management system
|An advanced revision control system
|Distributed source management system
|Distributed data community for the next generation Web
|Distributed version control system
|Sound and fast distributed version control system
|Concurrent Versions System
|Decentralized revision control system supporting Bazaar and Git formats
|Especially strong in its support of a diverge/merge workflow
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