According to https://dev.launchpad.net/OpenSourcing Launchpad will be open sourced in July 21th.
Hey, that’s less than 2 months ! Time to create a nice countdown and stick it on our sites, isn’t it ?
To embed the countdown on your site, simply copy paste the code below:
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How will it be open sourced ?
Completely, with the exceptions of Soyuz (Ubuntu building service) and Codehosting services.
I don’t know precisely what Codehosting is, but I imagine it to be a somewhat replaceable part. Soyuz being kept proprietary, instead, is not really an issue with Launchpad, but one that regards the Ubuntu community.
See the comments on this page to know more about it, including a strong reply from Mark Shuttleworth.
Back in topic
Open sourcing launchpad is a great news (advocated by many people), and I really hope it will bring the dream of federated bugtrackers around the net closer.
I also hope many plugins could be implemented. A wiki one, for example, is much needed.
Also, Canonical will take care of creating a work flow to let the contributions get into the trunk. They’re not just throwing the code around for everyone to see.
This will be the end of a process long months !