What is the WordPress Repository?
The Repository is where you, the author of the Plugin, will store the plugin at WordPress.org.
What is Subversion?
Subversion is an open source version control system that keeps track of the different versions of your WordPress plugin. Using Subversion will allow you to store your various plugin versions and if needed restore a previous working version if a critical mistake is made in a current version.
Subversion is what allows to you Publish / Update your WordPress Plugin at the Repository. You do not have to commit every change you make, just the tested-working version.
Before you can get started you will need to install Subversion on your Ubuntu machine.
sudo apt-get install subversion
Setup Your Local Directory Structure
Next you will need to create a document structure to store the Subversion copies of your WordPress plugins. My structure looks like this:
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