Launchpad Open-Sourced. Now What?

Launchpad, a Web application developed by Canonical for managing software development, was finally open-sourced last week. But with a number of its other products remaining proprietary, what are Canonical’s real intentions towards living by the free-software ideology that drives projects like Ubuntu?

Canonical faced criticism early-on for releasing the Launchpad platform under a closed-source license. The company’s founder, Mark Shuttleworth, responded by promising that the software would transition to the GPL license when its revenue model matured, but that open-sourcing it at an earlier date would distract developers and risk useless forking of the code.

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