Redeux: you understand it right. The main advantage of DCVS as I see it is
cheap branching. This means you can use branches in many situations where
you normally wouldn't have in CVCS. For example, I create a new branch for
most of the tasks that I work on - new features, bugs, refactorings - all
except the most trivial changes. The advantage this gives me is the ability
to switch between different tasks very painlessly. If my boss tells me to
drop everything I am doing to work on a top priority bug, I can just commit
everything I have for the current task and leave it undone for now, switch
to `master`, and create another new branch for fixing the priority bug.
When you look at it from this perspective, your local repo contains a number
of outstanding tasks(as branches). It's when you get done with a task, that
you should push the resulting commits to a central repo.
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