Phoronix: CGit Maintainer Disappears, Security Hole Found
The maintainer behind the open-source CGit project, the popular web front-end to viewing Git repositories, disappeared some months ago. Since then a new maintainer has taken over work on this widely-used software while also discovering a nasty security hole that allows arbitrary command execution. A new CGit release has now occurred under the new leadership to address this problem...
So, nobody bothered to maybe do some research why the guy vanished? What a fine community :P
I guess that is one of the problems on world wide coops. First it takes time to notice. And if somebody vanishes from the surface it is not as easy as in old times when you worked nearby. You would just call or step by his/her door, ring and ask even relatives or friends what is up. Accident and in hospital, on a journey or just being at home sick from a severe cold. Or worse things. But if you just know people by an email adress ... that is not much. In my field I work with people daily on the same floor, but only from few I actually know where they live in my town (>500k inhabitants). One vanished for 3 months an I thought she'd be on a scientific exchange somewhere around the world (happends from time to time). But instead she was sick at home. :/
Stop TCPA, stupid software patents and corrupt politicians!
I looked. I looked very hard. I've spent hours and hours looking. I found out that he's from Norway, and even went so far as to look up the Norwegian word for "obituary" is "nekrolog". I couldn't find anything. I looked around for military deployment records, and couldn't find anything. I emailed everyone I could find who has anything to do with him.
I tried. Really hard. He's disappeared.
If he returns -- I do hope to see him back in action -- the project will be back in his hands. It's not a coup, by any means.