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Am guessing only developers or anyone related to the development, design and production of Ubuntu –  Luis Alvarado Mar 18 '11 at 4:10

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An @ubuntu.com email address is a benefit of Ubuntu Membership:

Benefits of Membership

Membership entitles you to the following benefits:

  • Voting privileges to confirm Ubuntu Community Council nominations.

  • An @ubuntu.com email alias that forwards to your real email address. See UbuntuEmail for more details.

  • An ubuntu/member/your_nick cloak on freenode - See IRC/Cloaks.

  • The right to print business cards with the Ubuntu logo - The business cards can be found at the BusinessCards page, you will need to take care of the printing yourself.

  • Syndication on Planet Ubuntu of your Ubuntu blog or the Ubuntu category posts in your blog, if you have one. Follow the registration instructions on PlanetUbuntu to add your blog!

  • An Ubuntu Member title at the Ubuntu Forums. See this post for more information.

  • A subscription to Linux Weekly News - see this page for instructions on how to apply.

  • Ability to join the Official Ubuntu Members group on LinkedIn. See Membership/LinkedIn for more information.

  • Signing up for SixXS account with an Ubuntu email address and a link to your Launchpad page will grant you an "Ubuntu Credit Bonus" of 25 credit points.

  • SFTP access to a Web-accessible directory on people.ubuntu.com

(Emphasis mine)

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It would be nice if anyone could get an @ubuntu.com account. I don't like gmail or hotmail, or... for many reasons. I do like Ubuntu, so I would like to have also an Ubuntu mail. If it is open to anyone it might become popular. –  Gonzalo Mar 18 '11 at 5:00
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@Gonzalo : @ubuntu.com email id is just an alias. You have to use gmail or hotmail or any mail service to host your mailbox. –  Manish Sinha Mar 18 '11 at 6:38

Yes you too can get myname@ubuntu.com email. For this you should become an active participant in Ubuntu development. Get started with http://launchpad.net . Report bugs you encounter in launchpad, try to help by making patches. The best method to get into it is through packaging. For this you need to become a member of MOTU. It takes time to learn the whole thing. Do check https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU/FAQ to get started with MOTU.

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myname@ubuntu.com will be just a forwarding mail id, that means you will not get actual storage space for your mail like gmail or hotmail, it just forwards the mail to your real email address yourname@gmail.com –  Nikhil Mar 18 '11 at 5:12

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