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It is the cat logo of GitHub drawn inside of a circle. The GitHub logo is the outline of the front profile of a cat with whiskers and a tail. There are two whiskers on each side of the cat's face that run to the edge of the circle.
GitHub was launched in February of 2008 and since then has become the most popular version control repository. As such, the icon has the potential for many uses. It can be used in articles and tutorials that talk about source control management or in articles that compare different version control repositories.
There are a variety of icons to choose from.
Since is founding in February of 2008, GitHub has become a very popular website.
It can also be used in any type of article or tutorial that discusses source code management.
It would be a great icon to use when talking about the variety of repository hosting service available.
Other icons that may be of use include the Repository, Octocat, and Bitbucket icons.