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Version Control with Git by Jon Loeliger

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What’s in a Name?

Linus himself rationalizes the name Git by claiming I’m an egotistical bastard, and I name all my projects after myself. First Linux, now git.[5] Granted, the name Linux for the kernel was sort of a hybrid of Linus and Minix. The irony of using a British term for a silly or worthless person was not missed either.

In the meantime, others had suggested some alternative, more palatable interpretations: the Global Information Tracker seems to be the most popular.

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