The first commit in the repository is:
commit 256ef66663ca0c072554ee3f5e7971911031b3c7 Author: ellson <devnull@localhost> Date: Thu Dec 23 04:10:55 2004 +0000 Initial revision
I assume that some other version control system was used before that and that the code was just copied into a new version control system without preserving the history.
I wonder if anyone has a copy of the code with version control history that predates the commit above?
This could be very useful when trying to understand why things are as they are.