Hi, sorry for late reply!
So, everything you said is correct. I started RaspyFi more than a year ago, just to share. Then things went bigger and bigger. After some months ACX and ORION wrote me and asked to collaborate. They developed the WebUi, which came out in september 2013, with RaspyFi 1.0.
I agree with you: it’s a brilliant work, and its a big part of RaspyFi (and Volumio) awesomeness.
Then they left the project. That was for some strange human dynamics I now know. I already said that I was really deluded by that dynamics. I am now continuing the development of it, as well with all other parts of the project, pursuing the road I was hoping for RaspyFi.
The RaspyFi team was made also by another member, Buscia, which helped out with hergonomics and Design. He is still in, so Volumio is actually made by me and Buscia, who cares about the hestetic part of it.
So, 90% of the work is made by me. But that doesn’t mean Volumio is a one man team.
After the collaboration with ACX and Orion I understood that I want this project as a collective outcome, there should not be teams (where personal reasons could overcome the product of the work). So now what you get is something that everyone is contributing.
There’s Diego Tafuto, for example, that is developing a great app. Then you may see that on github there are lots of commits by different people. If you downloaded 1.1 beta, you are already enjoying the work of lot of people. So Volumio is made by a team that is not a team in strict terms, what unites us is the passion for coding, music and shared knowledge.
I tell you. Now I’m putting a tremendous effort on it, and I must admit this project is giving me back more than what I put into it. And my hope is that Volumio will survive its creator.
If you want to donate to it, your time, your money, your brain cells. Then you are part of the “thing”. And that’s the point.
And even if now Volumio is receiving also commercial attentions, and it will also feature some commercial products, I strongly want its soul to stay free, open source and most of all driven by passion. Hope I replied as good as your question deserved
Lol, how much I wrote!