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I see where the author is coming from with his arguments, but I'll bet 10 bucks his project won't be seeing any pull requests moving forward. Github did not supplant git, it created the market for git. If it weren't for github, we'd all still be using SVN (yes yes and mercurial and blah blah other minor league players).



I have little doubt that a great many of the programmers here adopted DVCS long before commercial web frontends became popular. You have it backwards: Github has git to thank, and not the other way around.

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Er, both are true.

Github is fundamentally a "value added" on top of git. It obviously owes a huge amount to git's fundamentally good design, and especially in the beginning, to a pre-existing git community (which jumped at a somewhat slicker way to set up git repos and interact with other git users).

But OTOH, github's slick layer on top of git really helped push git into areas that might have been a harder sell otherwise. [and that's what's amazing about git these days: not that it's popular amongst hackers (duh!) but that it has become popular amongst more conservative corporations and less technically inclined users.]

They help each other. Win-win.

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Let me spell it out for you: git would exist if not for github. The inverse is not true.

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I doubt git would be nearly as popular without a really polished hosting site, though. Github is git's killer feature.

And there are other DVCSs. As it is, the main hosts for bzr and hg are clearly less slick and less popular than Github. But had Git not been there, it's quite plausible that someone would have built an equivalent site around another technology.

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> I doubt git would be nearly as popular without a really polished hosting site, though. Github is git's killer feature.

GitHub isn't polished. It just has engagement mechanisms like twitter does, that keep people coming back. When people say how much they like GitHub they're usually talking about the community or git, both of which GitHub takes way too much credit for.

> And there are other DVCSs. As it is, the main hosts for bzr and hg are clearly less slick and less popular than Github. But had Git not been there, it's quite plausible that someone would have built an equivalent site around another technology.

There were a lot of people moving to git from hg when GitHub came out. I think it was clear there was demand, and if not for GitHub other services would have sprung up to fill in the gap.

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Existence is hardly an impressive accomplishment.

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I won't speculate on HN's userbase, but that I'm confident GitHub is responsible for a much of git's gains both in the wider open-source community and within startups.

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