On Sat, Jan 3, 2009 at 21:40, M. Edward (Ed) Borasky <znmeb / cesmail.net> wrote:

> I am remembering a line from AWDR -- something about everything being
> done for historical reasons. That's precisely why there is a Git and why
> the Linux kernel uses it. The Linux kernel used to be maintained in a
> system called BitKeeper. Linus Torvalds asked the developer(s) of
> BitKeeper to release it as an open source project. They either couldn't
> or wouldn't, so Linus developed Git as a replacement.

How quickly history gets distorted.  Please see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Git_(software)#Early_history for the
actual turn of events that led to Git being created.