Launchpad, the web portal launched by Canonical for managing many different areas of Ubuntu work such as bug tracking, translation handling, and sharing of blueprints, now has a public API to expose its plug-in capabilities. Recently there were some official Launchpad plug-ins made available for integrating with Trac and Bugzilla, but now with this public API, anyone can write their own Launchpad plug-ins to provide for better integration with different bug tracking systems. This announcement came via Launchpad News and this plug-in API specification can be found on Launchpad Help. Next year Canonical is expected to make Launchpad open-source...
So it's not only closed source, but slow as hell. That's the software we want for the GNU/Linux ecosystem, we don't have enough with stuff like OpenOffice...
Originally Posted by miles
About the interesting points of launchpad, I can't understand how that could be a genuine question when you just give yourself away in the next sentence... talking about hypocrisy are we?
Sorry for my ignorance, can you be a bit more explicit?
I really don't see the point of what's so useful about Launchpad, maybe it is for (U/X/K/?)buntu maintainers but not for the rest I think. As I understand it, it's just another project trying to compete with Sourceforge and all other similar projects but also some kind of trojan horse by Canonical for trying to absorbing the FLOSS movement a little more.
My point is that that kind piece of software from Canonical is closed source, when mostly all their business is based in the work on others and being FLOSS. It's similar to Novell and a few other Linux distro companies under the dark side, that I personally dislike them for practical and philosophical reasons.
Everything built after the acquiring of SuSE has been opensourced from the get go such as the build service.
Not to mention Novell/openSuSE contributes far more code back to the linux community then Canonical ever has. Hell they even offer free porting services for hardware venders to get their device supported in linux. Not only that but also sponser or start up or contribute to things like the open invention network, the EFF's patent busting project, and numerous opensource projects for the consumption of the linux community as a whole. Their development is not isolated to just their distribution.
Please don't bother posting boycottnovell links in a reply. Any idiot that says linux makes up 41% of the marketshare of installed systems has issues.