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Five Steps to Further Success with Subversion

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The popularity of Subversion seems to suggest that people are generally dissatisfied with all the alternatives. Traditionally, version control software has tended to be a niche area characterized by expensive or complex products. In this article, Stephen Morris describes some ways of quickly getting to grips with Subversion and using it to advance your aims.
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