All new source code repositories created on GitHub are now referred to as "master". This change is due
Changes like this usually include a waiverfrom using the terms master and slave ("master" and "slave") in favor of such alternatives as main, default, primary. Also, the well-established concepts of whitelist and blacklist, that is, "black list" and "white list", are replaced by neutral allow list and deny / exclude list ("list of permissions" and "list of prohibitions / exclusions").
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Following the death of George Floyd and the Black protestsLives Matter earlier this year, tech companies showed their support for the protesters and dropped the terms "master", "slave", "blacklist" and "whitelist".
Open source companies and large projectscode such as Microsoft, IBM, Twitter, Red Hat, MySQL, the Linux kernel, and OpenBSD have agreed to make changes to their technical lexicon during the summer of 2020. GitHub was one of the first companies to support these changes.
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