A heads up- openlibrary.org has an amazing aggregation of free books and a promising looking API, which you can find more info about in the developer center. It looks like there is some amazing work happening in their github account.
This is so easy, and really is just basic git:
git clone http://github.com/rails/rails.git cd rails git diff -r v2.3.2 v2.3.5
and you’ve got a diff of 2.3.2 versus 2.3.5. Enjoy!
Perl5 now uses git for source control, and the complete commit history from the development of Perl 5 was ported too. That had to be a ton of work. Congrats!
Free software source code hosting with political resiliency baked right in – I guess you’re already immune to political strife when your code is “free as in speech.” This strikes me as fitting the “trust but verify” adage quite nicely.
The powers that be aren’t going to mess with my perfectly legal free software, but <caveats status=”applied”>restricting my ability to code what I want isn’t going to faze me when it’s replicated across a bajillion nodes. </caveats>