Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 26th Apr 2007 01:19 UTC, submitted by muszek
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ubuntu Open Week is a series of IRC meetings of people behind the distribution and the community. Mark Shuttleworth answered various questions on Tuesday and Wednesday. The interview covers many issues, including: GPL v3, proprietary software, Microsoft's $3 project, Launchpad, non-free stuff in Ubuntu, April 19th siege of, Canonical vs. Ubuntu Foundation, becoming F/OSS contributor. Full logs are available on Ubuntu wiki. Ubuntu News has a digest with the most interesting pieces. Also, another interview with Mark is here and four interesting Ubuntu articles are here, here, here and here.
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by butters on Thu 26th Apr 2007 13:11 UTC in reply to "RE: comments"
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Launchpad is intended to consolidate bugs from many free software projects into one shared tracker so that projects can collaborate on bugs that affect multiple projects. If there's one Launchpad server in the entire universe, then projects either use it or they don't. If there's more than one, then they compete for projects, and the data might not be easily shared between projects that use different Launchpads.

Canonical wants to run the world's one and only Launchpad. We only want one Launchpad, but eventually someone is going to come up with a better Launchpad and projects are going to want to switch. Making Launchpad proprietary won't prevent competition in the cross-project issue tracker space. It will just slow down innovation, and the eventual competitors will be less interoperable with Launchpad than if they were derivative works.

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