Welcome Back, Patch Pilots! Ubuntu’s Guiding Stars Return

Hello Ubuntu community,

We’re introducing an (old but) new initiative: the Patch Pilot Program. This is our answer to the community’s call for clearer guidance and mentorship in the Ubuntu contribution process.

The program’s main goal is simple—to support contributors with their patches, package sponsoring, and related activities. By doing this, we hope to make the process of contributing to Ubuntu smoother and more straightforward.

Given the diverse and expansive nature of Ubuntu, diving into contributions can sometimes seem overwhelming. The Patch Pilots are here to help contributors navigate this landscape more confidently.

Though still in its nascent stage, a test run of the program has shown promise. Our pilots have worked diligently, reducing the items in the sponsoring queue significantly. This efficiency is not just about numbers; it’s about ensuring that every contributor feels their effort is valued and impactful.

Getting Started

If you need guidance:

  • For contributing patches specific to Ubuntu.
  • On how to introduce a unique Ubuntu-specific package.
  • Or insights on integrating a package into Debian so it will be synced to Ubuntu.

You can connect with a Patch Pilot on #ubuntu-devel on irc.libera.chat and through MPs on Launchpad. A quick glance to the channel topic will tell you who is currently flying.

Ready to dive into Ubuntu Development? Learn more about packaging for Ubuntu or building a snap.

For those already familiar with the Ubuntu ecosystem, consider becoming a Patch Pilot. It’s an opportunity to mentor and guide newcomers, ensuring the community continues to thrive.

What’s Next

As the program finds its footing, we’re open to expanding it, potentially embracing other facets of Ubuntu development. We’ll be discussing this and seeking your opinions in a subsequent post.

The Patch Pilot Program is our commitment to making Ubuntu contributions clearer and more accessible. Whether you’re a newcomer or a seasoned contributor, we hope this initiative adds value to your experience.

Thank you for being a part of the Ubuntu journey.


Great initiative! I would like to see an (almost) end to end process between how to create and submit a new package. I think the creation part is quite straightforward, but how to submit to universe is harder to understand. I never saw an easy tutorial talking about this.

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