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SYS-CON's CEO Gets Linus Torvalds' Git
Git Means "Go" in Turkish Language, He Points Out

Linus Torvalds has described his “git” software as a “stupid directory content manager” with a name that “doesn’t really mean anything.”  Maybe, he says, it will be mispronounced as “get.”

But the word “git” is, in fact, a form of the word “go” in the Turkish language, reports SYS-CON Media CEO Fuat Kircaali. “When I saw the name, I immediately ‘got’ git, ” jokes Kircaali, whose New York-area company publishes LinuxWorld Magazine, among numerous technology titles. “It’s a perfect name for a piece of software designed to ‘get’ information from any source.”

Kircaali has some Turkish ancestry and speaks the language fluently. He notes that the Turkish language hasn’t been highlighted like this since the 1950s science fiction classic, “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” in which part of a command to an alien robot was inspired by the word burada (“here”).

“I wonder if Linus plans to integrate klatu barada nikto into the command structure of git,” he muses.

“Git” is, of course, also a Wild West way of saying “go” in American English as well, as in “git along little doggies.”

Perhaps Torvalds was expressing some sub-conscious connection between his native Finnish and Turkish, both of which are members of the diffuse Finno-Ugric language group. Or maybe he’s been watching John Wayne movies lately.

Or maybe the name actually doesn’t really mean anything. In any case, git’s arrival looks to be another key development in the Open Source movement. Torvalds has said he was inspired to create it when existing source-code management (SCM) programs were too slow for his taste.

“So he begot git,” Kircaali points out. “Whatever people want to call it, it’s a major development for members of the Linux community. Certainly LinuxWorld Magazine is getting busy going after git for its readers.”

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As a matter of fact, Turkish isn't a member of the Finno-Ugrik language family so it's unlikely Linus Torvalds was thinking of a Finnish/Turkish language connection.

The article "Letter to Readers" by Mark Hinkle has no feedback icon. I wonder why? Is Fuat trying to curry favor with Free Software advocates with this piece? Well, it won't work. He should make a personal open apology to the Free Software Community. Making a substantial donatation to either Groklaw and the FSF would also be a good gesture. If Fuat is unwilling to make a personal apology, specifically stating how very very wrong he was to allow O'Gara to publish her hateful works, he deserves to go out of business, quickly.

Linus' git: "A stupid directory content manager."

"Git" is, of course, also UK slang for a stupid, unpleasant or contemptible person. If you've heard The Beatles, you've probably heard it before. "And curse Sir Walter Raleigh, he was such a stupid git." ("I'm So Tired," White Album, 1968) Maybe Linus likes to insult his program when it misbehaves.

Then again, maybe it really means nothing, like Linus said.

"Git" is also British slang for "an unlikeable person" as every fan of Red Dwarf knows (and they even have a penguin). See:
http://mtmt.essortment.com/britishslangw_rcnt.htm
http://www.reddwarfstore.com/

Linux Users Group ( LUG, in turkish LKD ) was established in 1995 during the '1st Internet Conference' by Linux Cummunity as an informal association. Linux community started in 1992 at Universities and mailing lists was established to cummunicate within the community. 0n 1995, community got together for the first time in person, confirmed a desire to work together in a virtual association to support Linux and the free software philosophy. Since 1995 up to the half part of 2000 Turkish free software voluntaries under the name of 'Turkish Linux Users Group' had been trying to promote this philosophy, the softwares of its productions and encourage to use them and softwares to be developed in this model.




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