Pretty amusing to think that I forgot totally about this moment in history while writing the article:
A few years ago the core Mercurial and Bzr developers met in London for a weekend to compare notes and came to a tentative agreement that merging the two projects would be a good idea. This idea was very quickly torpedoed by Mark Shuttleworth's insistence that whatever project resulted would have to have copyright held by Canonical. The stated reason was allowing proprietary feature extensions as part of their Launchpad strategy.
I wrote Mercurial to be Free with a capital 'F' as a reaction to the object lesson of Bitkeeper. So entrusting my work to an organization that had plans to embrace and extend it was just not going to happen.
— Matt Mackall
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