Distributed version control
Posted Jan 11, 2008 9:42 UTC (Fri) by man_ls
In reply to: Development issues part 1: Project communication
Parent article: Development issues part 1: Project communication
Actually, in a general context "distributed" calls for online working -- different machines connecting between them. "Distributed version control" (the phrase in the article) used to be what CVS does -- instead of one machine where everyone develops and keeps code, there is a central repository and a network of distributed developer machines. So you need to be online. Technically git is a "distributed repository", where many developer machines keep different repositories that can be synchronized between them, and that allows for offline working.
Just a pedantic point, but it might illustrate the irony of the situation. For old-school people like Stallman "distributed" does not call for offline working, but just the opposite.
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