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Are there any applications for distributed revision control (DVCS) if I'm not a programmer? [closed]

Are there any applications for distributed revision control (DVCS) if I'm not a programmer? [closed]

The terms DVCS and Git seem to be thrown around a lot. Are there any applications for this technology if I'm not a programmer, but just a regular "superuser"?

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Guest [Entry]

"I personally use a git repo to keep track of change i'm making in my /etc, or in other folder with some important informations.

I would say that a VCS (distributed or not) is useful to keep track on changes on items, not necessarily source codes."
Guest [Entry]

Good version control systems are specifically for programmers, although they are optimised for plain text files. I recommend SVN using Tortoise if you are on Windows.
Guest [Entry]

"Bazaar is definitely the most user friendly of the distributed RCSs I've tried.

If you're on Windows, File Hamster is a commercial app aimed to be RCS (with distributed for enterprise IIUC) for non-programmers:


I used to use it to track changes to illustrations (UI is great, developers are very friendly and nice), but I switched over to Bazaar.

There is also versomatic for non-programmers, but it isn't distributed AFAIK:

Guest [Entry]

"Dropbox is in many cases a better solution than a VCS for a ""superuser"" who wants some of the benefits of a VCS but who isn't a programmer looking for source code control.

Dropbox ( http://www.dropbox.com ) is not, strictly speaking, a version control system. It does use git behind the scenes, however, and offers most of the version control features a non-programmer user would want for file storage:

Abstracts away the hard-to-understand parts of versioning system; for the most part users don't need to know or care what happens behind the scenes.
Changes made to a file on one computer are immediately pushed out to other computers attached to your dropbox account.
On free dropbox accounts all changes within last 30 days are preserved and can be rolled back. On $10/month account previous versions are preserved indefinitely, no cutoff.

The main downside to Dropbox is that the free service offers ""only"" 2GB. That's still quite a lot, depending on your intended use.

As I said, Dropbox is not a true version control system, certainly not something that would suffice for programmers who want source code version control. It may be a better option for non-programmer power users who want to have some of the advantages of version control, though."