Launchpad Gets Git

May 06, 2015

Future versions of Ubuntu's code service will support the popular Git version control system used with Linux and other open source projects.

The Ubuntu-sponsored Launchpad project has announced early support for a new feature that will let users host Git repositories directly in Launchpad. The Bazaar code hosting system used with prior versions of Launchpad has supported importing Git repositories for several years, but previous versions would not allow direct Git hosting.

The Git distributed version control environment, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, was developed by Linus Torvalds and the Linux kernel developers and has since been adopted by a large number of open source projects. Launchpad’s blog posts says direct Git hosting is “by far the single most commonly requested feature,” and adds that the developers have been busy with the change for several months. The Git support is still in early stages and does not provide some of the capabilities available with Bazaar code hosting, but work continues, and the goal is to offer a full range of features for Git repositories.

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