A major specificity of open source projects is that most past events are public, it makes them interesting to the point that it is starting to get attention from anthropologists and historians.
QUESTION: Are open source project history questions on-topic, even if not about licenses?
- Linux is "Copyright 1991 Linus Torvalds" but the earliest version on kernel.org is from 1993, where can I download earlier versions if there is any?
- Started in 2007, ProjectA does not claim to be a fork of any prior project, but I have found a "Copyright 1996 SomeCompany" in a core source file. Was actually ProjectA forked from an older project made by SomeCompany? If yes what was its name and when was it forked?
- Where was ProjectB maintained between 2004 (last Sourceforge commit) and 2010 (first Google Code commit)?
- At what date that code was introduced in ProjectC? (difficult case that can't be solved by normal version control tools, for instance because project history seems to be lost)
- Who have been the successive project leaders of SANE?
That QA has similar-sounding name, but both the question and the top-voted answer are about license history, which makes it more obviously on-topic.