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Industry watchers are noticing that growing numbers of developers – particularly those who are young and those who work on open source projects – are choosing to use Git for source code version control. In fact, while the 2009 Eclipse Community Survey found that just 2 percent of the open source developers surveyed used Git, that number increased to 13 percent this year. “It appears to have taken the world by a storm,” said IDC analyst Al Hilwa. “Of late, it sure appears that Git is being used more than its competitors for open source projects.”

Forrester analyst Jeffrey Hammond added, “There’s a joke on our team: Show me a developer under 24 and I’ll show you a Git user.”

Still, Git has a long way to go to catch Subversion, which was used by a majority of developers in the Eclipse survey.

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