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+About South
+===========
+
+South brings migrations to Django applications. Its main objectives are to
+provide a simple, stable and database-independent migration layer to prevent
+all the hassle schema changes over time bring to your Django applications.
+
+We try to make South both as easy-to-use and intuitive as possible, by making it
+automate most of your schema-changing tasks, while at the same time providing a
+powerful set of tools for large or complex projects; you can easily write your
+own migrations by hand, or even use the database altering API directly.
+
+While South started as a relative unknown in the Django database-schema-altering
+world, it has slowly risen in popularity and is now widely regarded as the most
+popular schema migration tool for Django.
+
+Key features
+------------
+
+South has a few key features:
+
+ - Automatic migration creation: South can see what's changed in your models.py
+   file and automatically write migrations that match your changes.
+ - Database independence: As far as possible, South is completely
+   database-agnostic, supporting five different database backends.
+ - App-savvy: South knows and works with the concept of Django apps, allowing
+   you to use migrations for some of your apps and leave the rest to carry on
+   using syncdb.
+ - VCS-proof: South will notice if someone else commits migrations to the same
+   app as you and they conflict.
+
+A brief history
+---------------
+
+South was originally developed at `Torchbox <http://www.torchbox.com>`_ in 2008,
+when no existing solution provided the workflow and features that were needed.
+It was open-sourced shortly thereafter, and quickly gained steam after the
+Schema Evolution panel at DjangoCon 2008.
+
+Sometime in 2009, it became the most popular of the various migration
+alternatives, and seems to have been going strong ever since. While there have
+been growing calls to integrate South, or something like it, into Django itself,
+such an integration has not yet been made, mostly due to the relative
+immaturity of database migration solutions.