A Hornet’s Nest

Thats what I stirred up, by asking a simple question on Ubuntu’s forums.

In short, the bug tracking and software management system for Ubuntu is called launchpad.net. Ubuntu is a product of a company called Canonical, founded by Mark Shuttleworth. Canonical’s mission statement reads:

Canonical Ltd. is committed to the development, distribution and promotion of open source software products, and to providing tools and support to the open source community.

Well why is launchpad.net, the software that is enabling the development of Ubuntu, proprietary? It seems very strange to me that a company that is supposed to be committed to the development and distribution of open source software would have closed source in-house project.

A lot of Ubuntu users are not happy about the situation, but then there are also quite a few users who attempt to rationalize Ubuntu’s actions in the typical manner of the Apple apologist.

I hope Canonical releases the launchpad source soon, because this situation could become a thorn in what is otherwise a great project and a great product.