What's really useful about this technology is that you can have your own local branch any time you want and still have a nice commit trail that you can revert, report on, track, etc. It's nice for disconnected laptops, working on a plane, or any other time where you can't have a direct, fast connection to the development repository. With a simple CLI, you can mirror a repository, create a new local branch, and starting checking in/out. When you're ready to merge back to the "real" repository, it's a simple smerge away.
The snowball is just beginning to roll.
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