Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

A fork may refer to any of the following:

1. In an operating system, a fork is a Unix or Linux system call to create a new process from an existing running process. The new process is a child process of the calling parent process.

2. In computer programming, a fork is when developers take the source code for an existing project and use it to create new software based on the original code.

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