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OSDir.com: An interview with Tim Perdue--Gforge and Behind the Scenes at SourceForge

Dec 10, 2002, 17:30 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to spaceman for this link. ]

"OSDir.com: What was it like at the helm of what is one of the biggest open source projects in existence?

"Tim: It was certainly exciting to see how outrageously successful it had become, and to be in a small group that was building it out. It was all very ad hoc, very loose. It was a lot of fun for the first several months.

"After that, there started to be some tension. Drew and Tony had very serious personal conflicts. We all had pretty strong personalities, bull-headed so to speak, and that raised tensions. At the same time as exponential growth was occurring, we didn't have support in terms of staff or budget. Actually we had less staff with the departure of Drew and Tony a few months after launch. So it was Uriah and I trying to keep this monster growing totally by ourselves. I guess Quentin had joined to handle support requests at that time. But it got really, really ugly for Uriah, as he tried to admin and keep all the shoddy hardware running 24x7 by himself. That was really shameful. We sent some seriously nasty messages to upper management, which went completely unanswered and ignored.

"At the same time, most every manager in the company was trying to take credit and grab control. At company meetings you would hear how the whole thing was the idea of so-and-so and they supported it from the start. The reality of how SF started was very different, and the official vision for SF was also very different than what we wound up with. Probably only the founding team remembers know how SF really started and what the original management vision was..."

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