Cancomical Lynchpad

everybody loves eric raymond episode 42 strip

Canonical’s Launchpad.net is currently not free software. The FAQ on the site explains no more than this. I contacted Mark Shuttleworth about it and he told me this:

“Parts of Launchpad are already free software, we’ve released pieces that we knew would help other projects like Gnome doing similar work. We’ll continue releasing pieces until, in a few years, the whole platform can be made free. If hackers are interested in helping to componentize a huge monolithic Zope3 app, we could release the Registry and Rosetta as standalone pieces a lot sooner.”

He says the FAQ will be updated to reflect this. So, conspiracy over. Unless you want to discuss the wording of “can be made free” rather than perhaps “will be”.

Mr. Shuttleworth has yet to deny eating babies.

PIMPAGE: newworldodour.co.uk is a satirical news site I’m involved in and it seems to be currently in the throes of a reawakening*

34 Replies to “Cancomical Lynchpad”

  1. LOL! This was a great episode, John!

    I especially liked the evil eyebrows and the red eyes on Mark. It’s “w1k3d”.

    The best part is that the launchpad.net plan even seems plausible! I’m going to sell my Red Hat and Novell stock and buy Apple stock, before it’s too late!

  2. I know you must be getting a bit tired of this praise by know (“no, go on, go on!” I hear you say) but that invisible hand gag really is fantastic. And so right for ESR too. The man really is a bona fide headcase.

  3. > Mark Shuttleworth has now confirmed on the ubuntu-sounder mailing list > that he has “not eaten a lot of babies.”

    Well, if that quote is maximally restrictive, then that’s still a number larger than zero.

  4. @anonymous coward:

    Yup. It is deceased. It has gone to meet its maker. It is pushing up the tulips. And the only reason it is still up is probably because it has been nailed to its web server.

  5. Idiots, Why have you shown such a good person in such a bad way? SABDFL will be SABDFL for us. Also, LP is open source now.

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