> The real way is to open it up to the community
People at Canonical disagree, for numerous reasons including avoding fragmentation, keeping
the problem space simpler, and preserving opportunities for revenue.
> and not have a bitkeeper like situation which will only lead inevitably to people redoing
something like it from scratch because they see the benefits but don't want to rely on a
centralized proprietary service.
This is a strawman. Proprietary end-user software like bitkeeper is very different from
internet services like Launchpad.
And even if people eventually did succeed at implement a better, more free, and more
successful Launchpad, that would not invalidate the pioneering work that Canonical funded to
ease the flow of knowledge in free sofware.