In 2010 I was asked by the second maintainer in a row to take over as new maintainer of the libusb project. The first time I had declined. The second time I accepted, and sadly failed. Eventually a hostile fork emerged, with the explicit goal to take over the original project. I will tell you my story, which mistakes I made and what I learned - about independent and corporate contributors in open source projects, about package maintainers in downstream OS distributions, about trolls on the ...