Fossil (software)

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Fossil (software)
Fossil SCM logo.svg
Original author(s) D. Richard Hipp
Initial release 2006; 8 years ago (2006)
Stable release 1.29 / 12 June 2014; 2 months ago (2014-06-12)
Written in C
Operating system Cross-platform
Type distributed version control system, bug tracking system, wiki software
License 2-clause BSD license[1]
Website www.fossil-scm.org

Fossil is a distributed version control system, bug tracking system and wiki software server for use in software development created by D. Richard Hipp.

Features[edit]

Fossil is a cross-platform server that runs on Linux, BSD derivatives, Mac and Windows. It is capable of performing distributed version control, bug tracking, wiki services, and blogging. The software has a built-in web interface, which reduces project tracking complexity and promotes situational awareness. A user may simply type "fossil ui" from within any check-out and Fossil automatically opens the user's web browser in a page that gives detailed history and status information on that project.

Being distributed, Fossil requires no central server, although collaboration is made easier by using one.

Content is stored using a SQLite database so that transactions are atomic even if interrupted by a power loss or system crash.[2]

Fossil is free software released under a BSD license[3] (previously GPL).

Adoption[edit]

Fossil is used for version control by the SQLite project, which is itself a component of Fossil. SQLite transitioned to using Fossil for version control over CVS in September 2009.[4]

Some examples of other projects using Fossil are:

Source code hosting[edit]

The following websites provide free source code hosting for Fossil repositories:

  • Chisel. Original site owner James Turner announced that the site would cease operation on May 1, 2013.[5] After domain ownership was transferred on May 1, 2013, it continued operation.[6]
  • SourceForge

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fossil Copyright
  2. ^ "Integrated version control with Fossil SCM". , DLR Tech Talk presentation by Arne Bachmann, 2009-12-01
  3. ^ "Fossil DSCM Relicensed with BSD License.". 2010-05-16. 
  4. ^ "Fossil: Fossil Performance". Fossil-scm.org. 2009-08-23. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  5. ^ "Chiselapp.com shutting down". James Turner. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  6. ^ "ChiselApp ChangeOver Complete". Andreas Kupries. 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2013-05-01. 

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