Some times you want to clone a repository but you dont want all the history and git stuff to. This is a pretty simple task:
git clone user@repohost:repo-name git checkout the-branch-i-want rm -r .git
But it can be easier!
I put together a simple bash script that simplifies this process to a single command, allows you to pick the branch you want to download and does a couple of checks to prevent you doing anything destructive.
You can get a copy of the script here.
If you wanted to make this even easier and more git-like you could alias this script to