Open-Source Glossary

Source: Github Published: July 2019

Source: Github
Published: July 2019

Open-Source Glossary

Circulated: August 12, 2019

Open-source: software that can be freely used, modified, and shared by anyone.

Commit: an individual change to a file.

Contributors: someone who has contributed to a project by submitting a commit that was accepted.

Repository: a project’s folder that holds files.

Branch: used to isolate development (e.g. an experimental feature) without affecting other branches in the repository.

Merge: to bring the contents of another branch into the current branch.

Git: Git is an open-source program for tracking changes in text files.

GitHub: a company that provides hosting for software development version control using Git. It is a subsidiary of Microsoft, which acquired the company in 2018 for $7.5 billion.