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Windows Now Welcome to the GitHub Hacker Party

GitHub's Mascot: the Octocat Image: GitHub

The cool and popular GitHub source-code sharing site just got a little easier to use.

On Monday, GitHub released its first client for Windows, giving users an easier way to set up a Git source code repository on their PC that can then be shared with the GitHub website.

GitHub is changing the way that hackers share and develop software. It?s built on top of the command-line-driven Git software, created by Linus Torvalds. A good part of its success is due to the fact that GitHub simplifies many of the things that are tricky in Git, making it easier for developers to hand over source-code improvements to their favorite projects.

There?s already a GitHub client for the Mac, but until today, users who wanted to host their own projects or set up their own versions of existing projects on Windows PCs would have to install Git locally, set up encryption keys, and muck about with obscure commands such as git push -u origin master.

GitHub for Windows lets you do this kind of stuff with a nice clean graphical user interface. ?GitHub for Windows is a 100% native application that will run on Windows XP, Vista, 7 and even the pre-release Windows 8,? GitHub said Monday in a blog post. They call it ?the single best way to start using Git on Windows.?

More than 1.3 million people use Git already. With a free, easy-to-use Windows client out now, that number is sure to get a bump.

Robert McMillan

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