Some people have trouble absorbing a new technology by reading the sort of “top down” approach provided by this book. This appendix contains a very short introduction to Subversion, and is designed to give “bottom up” learners a fighting chance. If you prefer to learn by experimentation, the following demonstration will get you up and running. Along the way, we give links to the relevant chapters of this book.
If you're new to the entire concept of version control or to the “copy-modify-merge” model used by both CVS and Subversion, then you should read Chapter 1, Fundamental Concepts before going any further.