When a PR contact from Reddit contacted us about “exciting news”, a mixture of workload and getting sent press releases not remotely related to open source led me to ignore the request to meet with Reddit.

My bad.  The news is that Reddit has decided to open source the code behind reddit.com.  The Reddit blog states:

“There are only five of us who work on reddit; we couldn’t have made this site if it weren’t for a great community of developers. In no particular order, here’s a quick list of the open source products that reddit is built and runs upon:

Debian, lighttpd, HAProxy, PostgreSQL, Slony-I, various python libraries, Psychopg, pylons, Solr, Tomcat, Ganglia, Mercurial, Git, gettext (translation), daemontools, and memcached.”

The code is licensed under CPAL, (i.e. a Mozilla license with a badgeware requirement).

I can’t immediately understand why users or companies would run this code themselves, except for very specialized purposes. But open code could attract attention from Reddit users who also have developer skills.

What do you think?