> *For the non technical among us, this is essentially a name change.
For the non-technical among us, it's also one which affects new repositories only; and has done for a while. New repositories whose default branches we're (still) free to name whatever we want, be it `master`, `slave`, or indeed `potato`.
The "master" nomenclature came straight from BitKeeper where it definitely referred to the `master/slave` context:
> We can use the "bk parent" command to check to see what the slave thinks is the master repository:
The original git devs who picked the previous default, cribbed from BK, are on record as regretting the decision for reasons of pragmatism as much as anything:
> Anyways at least one good thing as come from all this, I now know how to rename my master branch `fuck-github`
Well...done? I guess?