It was 2006 when I first discovered an open source project called Cacti.
To be honest, at the very beginning I did not understand why things should be that complex when the task was to only create some nice rrdtool graphs. So I dropped it.
But then I again came across it, still not understanding too much of it. So I asked at the forum. But the lack of a comprehensive documentation was still a burden. So I started to write down what I was able to understand. So the first HowTo was born. A second followed soon …
The forum soon had too many restrictions for that kind of documentation, so we switched to Drupal. And now it’s a Cacti Wiki. And still, forum work is one of my most time consuming tasks in the Cacti world. Find me there as gandalf.
For some months, I refrained from doing any coding. But as soon as the plugin architecture was provided by Jimmy Connor, I started extending Cacti. This gave birth to the plugins Aggregate and RRDCleaner.
Starting mid-2007 I am now counting amongst the Cacti Development Team. I focus on the graphing interface for RRDTool.