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The History of ViewVC
The ViewVC software was inspired by early versions of cvsweb (originally written by Bill Fenner, further developed by Henner Zeller, and now maintained as CVSweb by the FreeBSD community). Greg Stein wanted to make some changes and updates, but cvsweb was implemented in Perl. He wrote:
So ViewVC started out as just a port of the cvsweb script, originally called ViewCVS. Along the way, it has had numerous cleanups and other modifications, a process simplified by the elegance of the Python language.
In 2001, the ViewCVS project was moved to SourceForge, a popular software collaboration environment. There the project continued to mature, releasing several stable-yet-pre-1.0 versions. In 2002, C. Michael Pilato began implementing support for Subversion in ViewCVS, taking advantage of a version control abstraction layer begun by Lucas Bruand. Along the way, Russell Yanofsky delivered large improvements to that abstraction, and to ViewCVS as whole. ViewCVS was well on its way to releasing a 1.0 version.
Of course, now that ViewCVS could browse Subversion repositories as easily as CVS ones, the ViewCVS name seemed inappropriate. Also, the active ViewCVS developers at the time were growing frustrated with SourceForge as a project hosting environment — Subversion wasn't yet available as an option for version control, the CVS service was always down at just the wrong moment, the bug trackers were painful to use, and so on. So in late 2005, the decision was made to rename the project to ViewVC, to convert the project's CVS data to Subversion, and to move the project and its version controlled and open issue data to Tigris.org.
Today, ViewVC is being developed at http://viewvc.tigris.org by a small community of folks.
The ViewCVS Group
The ViewCVS Group is an informal group of people working on and developing the ViewVC package. The current set of members are listed below with some of their notable contributions:
About This Site
The ViewVC website was designed by C. Michael Pilato. All HTML was hand-edited in Emacs, and the little splashes of graphical goodness owe their existence to Open Office and the Gimp. Textual content for the site is mostly the work of Greg Stein, but has been tweaked through the ages by various ViewVC contributors.