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Re: Launchpad is now open source.



We welcome the opportunity to help out, test, patch and look at the code
How nice to know now that we as community will make a great thing even 

We all as a community feel that we have great pride in the items we take
on to help with, and now that we get to work on it too. Just look at
the projects that the community works on, and see how far they came, 
and how fast.

Thank you to the whole team for making this happen.

Leo Albert Jackson Jr

--- On Tue, 7/21/09, Karl Fogel <karl.fogel@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> From: Karl Fogel <karl.fogel@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [Launchpad-users] Launchpad is now open source.
> To: launchpad-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 1:31 AM
> Hi everyone -- Launchpad is now open
> source.
> Huge congrats (and thanks) to the Canonical Launchpad team,
> who worked
> overtime to make this happen sooner rather than later.
> Note that although we announced previously that we'd be
> holding back two
> components (codehosting and soyuz), we changed our minds
> :-).  They are
> opened too -- all the code is open.  Our public
> announcements are here:
>   http://blog.canonical.com/?p=192
>   http://www.ubuntu.com/news/canonical-open-sources-launchpad
> The Canonical launchpad developers will be on IRC in
> #launchpad-dev on
> irc.freenode.net.  For real time development
> discussion, that's the
> place to go; for usage questions, #launchpad is still the
> channel, as
> before.
> The development wiki is dev.launchpad.net.  Right now,
> only Canonical
> people can edit it.  We'll expand the access list
> eventually, but just
> for these first few days I'd like to leave it tightly
> controlled because
> there will be a lot of eyeballs on it, and we need to
> figure out the
> right strategy to allow the good edits while preventing
> vandalism and
> spam.  (I've run other wikis, and spam is *by far* the
> majority of all
> edits to any open wiki, so we'll need to do that
> carefully.)
> The mailing list is launchpad-dev {AT} lists.launchpad.net,
> which you
> can join by visiting https://launchpad.net/~launchpad-dev and joining
> the team there (a team and a mailing list are sort of the
> same thing in
> Launchpad).  Again, that's the development mailing
> list; user questions
> should still go to launchpad-users {AT}
> lists.launchpad.net.
> Canonical is continuing to host Launchpad.net, of course,
> so we will vet
> and shepherd changes onto the production servers.  The
> wiki explains the
> basics of how to learn your way around the code, make
> patches, and get
> code review; these processes will evolve organically, and
> we'll keep the
> wiki updated as they do.
> Note that the images/icons are still copyrighted
> traditionally, to
> protect Launchpad's visual identity.  But they're
> shipped with the code
> and are fine to use for development and testing
> purposes.  Just if you
> launch a production server, it needs to look different --
> and have a
> different name, of course, as "Launchpad" is a
> trademark.  From our
> point of view, we're doing this to improve our hosted
> service, so if you
> feel the need to run it on your own servers, that might
> mean we're doing
> something wrong, in which case we hope you'll tell us
> what.
> Please bear with us as we learn how to be an open source
> team.  Many of
> the Launchpad developers have open source experience of
> course, but as a
> team we've been working on Launchpad in-house for some
> years.  This is a
> big change.  We're eager and ready, though.
> That's everything.  Questions welcome, and patches
> too.
> -Karl Fogel
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