OSDir.com: An interview with Tim Perdue--Gforge and Behind the Scenes at SourceForge
Dec 10, 2002, 17:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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
"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