Fossil: new DVCS

October 30, 2009

Those of you who care about version control should be aware of Fossil. Distributed version control, like NoSQL databases, has rapidly sprouted a ton of contenders like mushrooms, and I’m not especially convinced of this one’s superiority to the incumbents (i.e. git, bzr, or darcs).

In addition to doing distributed version control like Git and Mercurial, Fossil also supports distributed bug tracking and distributed wiki all in a single integrated package… Fossil has a built-in and easy-to-use web interface that simplifies project tracking and promotes situational awareness. Simply type "fossil ui" from within any check-out and Fossil automatically opens your web browser in a page that gives detailed history and status information on that project.

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