Monday, November 26, 2007

Developer service for Ubuntu goes live

Canonical today released a new software development collaboration service for Ubuntu Linux developers. CompuerWorld reports that Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu Linux, "said the new Launchpad Personal Package Archive (PPA) service is being added to its existing Launchpad development Web site to allow groups to collaborate on packages, as well as allow individual developers to publish their own versions of open source software."Using PPA, developers can upload software packages to an account and participants can collaborate on it, according to Canonical. Each user gets up to 1GB of space to be used only for free software projects."Many developers want to modify existing packages, or create new packages of their software," Christian Robottom Reis, who has led the PPA effort within Canonical's Launchpad project, said in a statement. "The PPA service allows anyone to publish a package without having to ask permission or join the Ubuntu project as a developer. This is a tremendous innovation in the free software community. We hope that PPA will make it easier for developers and development teams who have excellent ideas to get their work into the hands of users for testing and feedback.""They also get to mix with experienced packagers to improve their skills," he said. "PPA is a build system, a publishing system and a community experience. We are also really excited to add the ability to create packages aimed at the mobile environment from launch."

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