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Launchpad open-sourced !

Hi all,
This post would share about Launchpad the web-application open-sourcing potentially means for the free software world and how users and developers can benefit from it.

Launchpad opensourced !!!!!

First a little bit of history. My own association with Launchpad started circa 2007 when I reported my first bug in Ubuntu .

The bug in itself is about using Apport in case Firefox my favorite browser crashes. I love apport (isn’t that sick) and do love Martin Pitt for making it better and better.

Its basically a tool very similar to a tool used in Debian called reportbug or reportbug-ng

Anyways, this isn’t about my bug or about Martin Pitt, its about a user interacting with a developer about an issue. This isn’t the first bug issue tracking software or the first project management software or the first free software hosting facilities . You’ll find plenty of those in the list given. The only tool which does come close to it in any sense is Sourforge.net but it has a big big downside. It is proprietary and the TOS are I do not know what to say :-

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Compared to such Terms and Conditions I find hosting either under Launchpad.net or my own server having launchpad as its under AGPL .

The free software world and specifically developers have much to cheer about with this as we have a complete solution for doing so. Whether we may host our projects on launchpad.net or not we have software for hosting the same. So good luck to all of you 🙂

As always, suggestions, comments and brickbats welcome.

P.S. :- Just found out Computerworld also blogged about the same. Wow!

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