Let me clarify the whole story:
In 2006 I had just gotten into college and was learning Python by myself, my English skills (also self-taught) were pretty low and I had to rely a lot on whatever material was available in Portuguese (I'm from Brazil).
In 2007 I had an amazing college teacher, the "drop of water in the desert" kind of teacher. He was trying to convince everyone that they could move from MS Windows to GNU/Linux and that the available desktop software was pretty decent.
The only catch is that he used KDE2 and all the "cool" desktop apps he was showing were built on QT, like a good pupil I always tried to pair up an equivalent GTK option to every QT app my teacher showed to the class.
That worked well for everything: Music Players, Photo Viewers, etc.
One day he showed Yakuake (https://kde.org/applications/system/org.kde.yakuake) to the class and everyone went bananas, this was such an amazing tool.
But then I did not have a good alternative for GTK if I wanted to press F12 to get a drop-down terminal I'd have to install libqt on my Debian?
I set out to write an equivalent of Yakuake for GTK+ (hence the name Guake, with "G" for GTK), at the time I did not know exactly how D-Bus worked and had no idea of how to write Python extensions in C.
The very first working version of Guake was a Gnome Applet that used GTK bindings to libvte to make a terminal always available.
Was still not good enough for me.
The next step was to write a regular GTK Window application and try to make it disappear, but I was having a lot of trouble binding F12 globally, it only worked well on Metacity which was the default window manager for GNOME2 at the time.
Guake's user experience was not great, it only worked well on Metacity but was good enough for me to show to my teacher, I was so excited I was able to create my very first GPL software and publish on source forge. I was ahead of everyone in my class at the time, I was learning on my own the things that would be taught only in the next semester and many things that we would never learn in class (such as Python programming).
Some months go by and Guake-Gnome-VTE (the original name) gets some visibility, and this guy Lincoln de Sousa reaches out to me, he told me he had fixed the global keybinding problem by writing a Python extension in C, also he refactored the whole code and even applied GNOME Human Interface Guidelines to it.
It sounded great to me, I was so excited that someone else was interested in Guake, and made improvements to it, I was in awe with open source.
Except for one thing: Lincoln rewrote a lot of things that were working, just for the sake of cleaning up the Python code the aesthetics of it (actually he was applying PEP8 which I had no idea what was before this)
I had these mixed feelings: in one Guake had become what I wanted it to be, the global keybinding worked anywhere, the UI looked even better and the code was a lot easier to understand.
On the other a lot of the code I had written was deleted, I was not a skilled python developer when I wrote the first version of Guake, so I had spent several hours reading, coding and trying things out.
Anyways, the whole thing was a win-win, yay open source, now Guake had 2 maintainers putting a lot of time and love into it.
After some time Lincoln proposed that we moved the code off of Sourceforge to a git repository, self-hosted (we had a very "purist" mentality regarding FOSS and were terrified of having our code hosted by a proprietary software such as Github), he had way more experience than me on pretty much everything and he took reins: the code was hosted in one of his servers and all I did was pay for the domain.
In retrospect, I wish I had just pushed the code to Github at the time, so no the commit history would be lost.
The irony in having a purist FOSS mentality: the code was hosted on a server that I eventually lost access to.
Also, instead of importing all the commit history from Sourceforge we just pushed the code to git.
You can look at the first commits on github:
Author: Lincoln de Sousa <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat Oct 6 13:56:50 2007 -0300
patch came from svn
The "guake_root" commit swallowed all the history of the original code I had done.
In 2008 I moved out of my city to work for a big corporation in Rio de Janeiro, there my FOSS purism slowly evolved into tolerance for proprietary software, eventually, I even got an iPhone and a MacBook.
That's when I stopped contributing to Guake: I had moved to MacOSX and the project had been taken over by other maintainers.
But even the icon is still the one I design on Inkscape, Guake was my first open-source software, I put a lot of time and love into it.
Today 14 years later I seldom use Guake because I seldom use a Linux Desktop, but I must confess that seeing my original authorship vanish from the project is very sad.
This history would have indeed a very place in the HISTORY page in the documentation, do not hesitate to write it, or with your permission, I copy/paste most of your comment.
Do not hesite to reach me in order to find a good way to put satisfying credits in the history.
I'll submit a pull-request with the story soon.
Why don't you set up a video conference between you, each bring your own beer, and share a toast to the fair-minded way in which this was resolved?
The world needs more endings like this.
Unless of course you just meant as an interesting way of being able to see the full history rather than suggesting the project adopt it.
Some background information provided by ESR, in addition to what you can find on the homepage:
I'm Max @ulidtko, I took over Guake maintenance from Lincoln, did a dozen patches, l10n merges and maybe one release... Together with Pierre we welcomed Gaetan years later.
I'm still using Guake pretty much every day.
It was amazing to contribute, and having burned out from it -- to see the project live on with people continuing contributions & maintenance; and even reaping BountySource rewards for new features!
Really sorry for this situation. It somehow slipped through, I honestly didn't notice it happening. I don't think anyone wished you anything bad, it's just generic inexperience (per the Hanlon's razor).
I, too, remember myself fiddling with copyright lines in translation files. I just had the single goal, to iron out inconsistencies and make adding new l10n's as smooth as possible. Never had intentions to take away credit from noone.
Glad to see you living full life. Sorry again; I'd be among those whose should've noticed and reverted that change. Hope you got a good enough resolution of this issue!
People shouldn't do this. At least not without prior agreement from the original author.
Why are you so firmly opposed to libqt?
I am also a tad displeased today at how many optional dependencies I don't use get pulled in by package managers on my systems.
To give you an idea, my computer at the time was a used machine that was duct taped together and any fancy desktop would cut my battery life to about an hour. So out of necessity I was driven towards lighter weight software