Ubuntu, like other Linux distributions, relies on a vast collection of software packages created and supported by a global community of passionate developers. There are a number of ways that you can help support its ongoing development no matter what your current skill or knowledge level is.
Getting Started - Ubuntu Prospective Developers
If you run into a bug while using Ubuntu, there is a high probability that someone else will too. Reporting these issues can help developers identify problems with their packages and help improve the overall quality and stability of the operating system.
Discover the keys to successful bug reporting.
Join the BugSquad
No one likes bugs (Maybe with the exception of entomologists). An excellent way to help improve Ubuntu is by verifying, identifying, classifying and prioritizing bugs in a process calling triaging. This is where the BugSquad Team helps fulfill a crucial role within the development process.
Join fellow bug hunters on the BugSquad Team.
Patch Pilot Program
If you’ve discovered a fix or patch for a particular bug and need help getting it into Ubuntu, the Patch Pilot program is a great entry point. The program is designed to make contributing to Ubuntu a welcoming and inspiring experience while fostering community knowledge and maintaining ongoing contributions.
Need help with your patch? Receive help from a Patch Pilot.
Are you a developer looking to mentor? Become a Patch Pilot!
Ubuntu software is distributed in the form of “packages”, that all work together to provide the software our users interact with on a daily basis. Helping maintain and update outdated or buggy packages is one of the best ways to sharpen your packaging skills. The best way for a newcomer to get involved with packaging is via the Masters of the Universe commonly referred to as the MOTU.
Learn about the role of the MOTU and the Ubuntu packaging process in The Ubuntu Packaging Guide.
Continue your Prospective Journey
These are just a few ways that you can contribute to the ongoing development of Ubuntu and work towards more official recognition and rights within the project. Engaging with fellow contributors, joining in on important technical discussions and providing helpful feedback will allow you to improve your standing within the community and grow your developer skills.
Taking things to the next level - Ubuntu Contributing Developers
Ubuntu Contributing Developers
Contributors who have demonstrated significant and sustained contributions in the area of Ubuntu Development, but aren’t ready to apply for upload rights at this time, can apply for Official Ubuntu Membership.
Learn more about the Ubuntu Developer Membership Process.
Ubuntu Developers (from delegated teams)
Ubuntu Developers from delegated teams are members of a delegated development group in Launchpad who are collectively responsible for maintenance of some subset of packages in Ubuntu. These developers understand packaging concepts, having substantial experience uploading packages through a sponsor. They are also granted a vote when the Development Membership Board or Technical Board are polling Ubuntu Developers on important project decisions.
To join a delegated team, a developer must either be admitted by the team or via the Development Membership Board. To learn more about the various delegated teams within the Community, visit this Ubuntu Wiki article.
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