Some time ago on a distant Linux machine...

G I T

THE BEGINING

It is a period of source code turmoil.

Jedi master Linus Torvalds and many other developers of the Linux kernel gave up access to BitKeeper.

Torvalds wanted a distributed system that he could use, but none of the available free systems met his needs.

Infuriating the emperor, Linus quipped about the name git, which is British English slang meaning "unpleasant person".

The development of Git began on 3rd April 2005. The project was announced on 6th, and became self-hosting as of 7th April.

Hamano was responsible for the 1.0 release on 21st December 2005, and remains the project's maintainer.

As of 28th September 2015, GIT's stable version is 2.6 and according to Google Trends it's the most popular version control system in the known universe.