Yogi Yarns – On forking

This is the first of an occasional series of small stories, or yarns, on the concept of “fork” in the world of open-source.

Since this is such a complex and misunderstood topic, and in an attempt to keep your attention as we address this topic, we will seek inspiration from a number of sources, all beginning with the phrase, “Yo”.

Our chief guide will be Yogi Berra, the master of the clever phrase, as well as a Hall-of-Fame baseball player. and author of the classic work on forking, When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!.

We will draw additional wisdom from Yoda, the wise master, strategist, and best duellist in history.

And to keep us going on this long diversion, we will take to the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and consult a man almost as old in years as am I, Mr. “Yo” himself, Yo, Rocky, or Rambo, Gonna Fly Now at 60.

The story has many twists, left and right, up and down, and is a Yoyo of a story.

Musical accompaniment will be provided by Yoko Ono,not Lawrence Welk and his incessant Yodeling.

And of course we will set the table for this discussion by consulting Emily Post, mistress of etiquette, who, in a cautionary note, reminds us that

“Nothing is less important than which fork you use. Etiquette is the science of living. It embraces everything. It is ethics. It is honor.”

And since this is about programming, we will have occasion to delve into philosophy, and consult some of the world’s greatest philsophers, as we attempt our own solution of the Dining Philosphers Problem

Let us begin: Yo!

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