I just want to offer my congratulations to the Launchpad team for their excellent efforts in Open Sourcing the whole project. I would also encourage everyone to pass on their thanks to Mark Shuttleworth for this incredible gift to the Open Source community. Ultimately he made the final decision on this move and I personally want to thank him for an incredible contribution to Free Software and collaborative software development.
But now the real work begins. Having the code available on the Internet is merely one tiny piece of the puzzle: we now need to build a strong and thriving community around Launchpad. To kick things off I encourage everyone to join the
#launchpad-dev IRC channel on Freenode, to go and grab the code and to keep your beady eyes on the Launchpad development wiki.