"... In early 1995, HTTP was developed by Rob McCool at the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Development stopped shortly thereafter when McCool left the center. But a small group of Webmasters who were developing their own bug fixes contacted each other by e-mail to coordinate their efforts."
What started five years ago as a modest effort by another rebel band to produce a commercial reference implementation of the HTTP protocol is now the open-source community's shining jewel which it holds up to the proprietary world to prove what can be done with a true and open meritocracy.