Ubuntu Launchpad to go open source

Canonical plans to open up its project-hosting and collaboration code, designed to make it "easy to share code, bug reports, translations, and ideas across projects," on July 21.

Just seven days after Bastille Day, France's day for celebrating its freedom, Ubuntu will unfetter Launchpad as an open-source project, as announced on the Launchpad news blog.

Launchpad is an open-source project-hosting service that promises to make it "easy to share code, bug reports, translations, and ideas across projects." It's a great service--so robust that MySQL moved its project hosting to Launchpad in early 2008--but has been proprietary, and will remain so until it goes open source on July 21.

I'm a big fan of Launchpad and expect that opening up its source code will take the project in interesting, unforeseen directions. That's the power of open source and a good indicator of Mark Shuttleworth's commitment to open source.

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