Linux Mint Uses Launchpad and github at Full Potential For Linux Mint 8
Article by George Norman
On 23 Jul 2009
The Linux Mint team, in order to track bugs in the operating systems it develops uses Launchpad, the code hosting and collaboration platform developed and maintained by Canonical. Lead Linux Mint Developer Clem Lefebvre has now announced that Launchpad’s usefulness will be extended as the team plans to use it for additional tasks, apart from bug tracking. Lefebvre also announced that alongside Launchpad the team uses github for code hosting and version control.

“We recently announced that Linux Mint was now using Launchpad for bug tracking. The decision was also taken to use Launchpad for blueprints and for translations. We’re also starting to use code hosting and version control. Although Launchpad does that as well the decision here was to use github,” explained Clem Lefebvre.


How does Launchpad and github contribute to the development of Linux Mint? According to Lefebvre the two allow him to share with the rest of the community precisely what’s planned for the next iteration of the operating system, mainly Linux Mint 8 “Helena”, what’s already been done, how it was done, and let the community contribute code, report bugs, share ideas and translations.

Earlier this week Canonical announced that it has open sources the Launchpad code in an effort to encourage innovation. Thanks to Launchpad developers can host and share code from all sorts of sources thanks to the Bazaar version control system that is integrated in Launchpad. They can also seamlessly triage and resolve bugs that end users identified. Translators can more easily collaborate on translation across different projects, and contributors can write, propose and manage software specifications. Open source projects are hosted free of charge by Launchpad; closed source projects use Launchpad free of charge as well.

Canonical Founder and CEO, commented on the occasion: “Launchpad accelerates collaboration between open source projects. Collaboration is the engine of innovation in free software development, and Launchpad supports one of the key strengths of free software compared with the traditional proprietary development process. Projects that are hosted on Launchpad are immediately connected to every other project hosted there in a way that makes it easy to collaborate on code, translations, bug fixes and feature design across project boundaries. Rather than hosting individual projects, we host a massive and connected community that collaborates together across many projects. Making Launchpad itself open source gives users the ability to improve the service they use every day.”

Tags: Linux, Linux Mint, Linux Mint 8, Helen, Launcpad, Canonical, github
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