Whether you're an experienced Linux user or you're just getting started with open-source software, there are lots of ways to get involved with the Ubuntu community. These questions are about how to get involved, governance issues about the project, and Ubuntu values.

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List of blogs to learn more about Ubuntu [closed]

Add blogs and websites that are useful in the quest to know/learn more about Ubuntu. One blog per answer, please - you can vote answers up/down as you feel appropriate. If you feel the blog is biased ...
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How can I contribute to Ubuntu?

Does it require technical knowledge? Is it difficult?
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Which big computer companies support the Ubuntu project financially?

When looking for hardware, I often try to find out if the manufacturer employs open source developers and things like that. I know Canonical has relations with a couple of big computer companies, but ...
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What does “Ubuntu” mean?

What does "Ubuntu" mean, and why did they choose that particular name?
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Who to follow on Twitter if you are interested in Ubuntu?

I'd like to know whom I should follow on Twitter, to get my daily dose of Ubuntu news, tips, and random bits. Which members from the Ubuntu community are active on Twitter?
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How do I sign the Ubuntu Code of Conduct?

In order to submit patches and items to certain projects it says I need to Sign the Code of Conduct. How do I do this?
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How does Application Review Board work?

According to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/AppReviews the Application Review Process is good both for upstream software developers and Ubuntu packagers. The point seems to be that the upstream developers ...
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Where else to go for help if not helped at Ask Ubuntu?

What other official places can I go for getting help on Ubuntu if I do not get the help I wanted on Ask Ubuntu?
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How to get Ubuntu membership?

What are the steps that I want to follow to get Ubuntu membership? I know contribution is the only mantra to get Ubuntu membership. I am not good in programming so what are other ways to contribute to ...
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Who is Mark Shuttleworth, and how is he related to Ubuntu?

I am going to introduce Ubuntu to some new users (students in this case). Usually, I talk about the history of Ubuntu, how Ubuntu started, who has built Ubuntu in the past, and who decides the road ...
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What's the deal with all these Chuck montages?

Planet Ubuntu is full of hilarious Chuck montages. Here two examples: Why is that? How did Chuck become an Ubuntu meme? Note: This question is not meant to be a Chuck montage collection. It is a ...
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Where can I find Ubuntu Posters?

I'd like to put up some posters around where I go to school, where would I find some great looking posters, flyers and tips on advocacy?
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When did Ubuntu become a “by Canonical” product? [closed]

I keep reading in the news about this "Ubuntu by Canonical" thing, and it seems to me that this isn't entirely accurate. I have, for instance, spent about fifteen thousand hours working for Ubuntu, ...
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Is there a congrats ubuntu page?

Say for example I use a particular package and want to say "Way to go maintainers" is there a way for me to do this?
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Is it possible to obtain an e-mail address like myname.surname@ubuntu.com

Being an Ubuntu user for about 3 years, is it possible to obtain an e-mail address like myname.surname@ubuntu.com ?
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Is there a real name policy in the Ubuntu community?

I'm not ashamed to be a part of Ubuntu, but I'm trying to keep the number of web search hits for my real name low, which is kinda impossible if you use a Launchpad account. So, I'm wondering if there ...
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How to get more people involved in improving X.org for Ubuntu? [closed]

In Ubuntu, X is one of the more critical pieces in the stack. As such, we get a TON of questions and bug reports about it, probably about 100 times as many as we have manpower to handle. Canonical ...
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How do I run a successful Ubuntu Hour?

I'm taking my be-stickered laptop to a coffee shop tonight for an Ubuntu Hour. I've let a bunch of local LUG people know about it. How can I ensure people come away from it feeling like the ...
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What are the ethics of having a company “sponsor” a loco team event?

I've got a LoCo event coming up, and a local company (that uses and loves Ubuntu) has approached me (since I'm the organizer) with the following proposal: They'd like to "sponsor" the event - bring ...
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What if my State / Country doesn't have a Ubuntu LoCo Team? How can I start one?

I know what an Ubuntu Team is and where to find them, but what can users do if their area doesn't have a LoCo team?
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How are release codenames chosen?

What criteria is used to select an Ubuntu release codename, and who is ultimately responsible for the decision?
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How would you explain that Ubuntu is fine for many people [closed]

How would you explain that Ubuntu if fine for most people who just want to browse the web, write e-mail, and so on?
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How is Ubuntu/Canonical organized?

Ubuntu is a big project that has a lot of community involvement over many different aspects. From who is in charge - to how decisions are made. How is the work on Ubuntu organized and who organizes ...
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What unique features has Ubuntu brought to the Linux community? [closed]

Red Hat/Fedora, GNOME, KDE and others have brought things that can be used in the Linux Community, like NetworkManager, Plymouth Boot Splash, a friendlier desktop system, etc. I would like to know ...
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Ubuntu Philosophy Question [closed]

I was just switching from Windows to Ubuntu and I started to read this. And there were quite a few things I did not understand. One was: "OpenOffice decided not to have a learning curve" ...
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Where should people give feedback on Ubuntu?

Many people have opinions or want to give feedback about Ubuntu. If they are simple bugs with a crash or display corruption, that's fine, they can file in Launchpad. But, comments about the design ...
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Who is SABDFL? What does he do?

what is the meaning of SABDFL?
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I've filed an ITP bug on bugs.debian.org - now how do I get the package into Ubuntu?

I've written a development library that I would like to include in the Ubuntu archives. From what I understand, the best way to do this is to first get the package into Debian and then request a ...
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Why is the Forum Design lagging behind?

Way back when Ubuntu 10.04 was released Canonical changed the branding of Ubuntu to the orange/purple combination which I kind of like so why more than one year later the Ubuntu Forums still look like ...
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How can I become active in the Ubuntu Community [duplicate]

I have used Ubuntu for a while and want to find a way to give back to the community and help Ubuntu get better; is there a team in the Ubuntu community that is dedicated to helping users transition ...
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Are there any good books for new Ubuntu user? [closed]

I recently installed Ubuntu in my uncle's laptop. He seems to like it and he is asking me for some good Ubuntu books for beginners. I was thinking about The Official Ubuntu Book. Any other suggestions ...
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How do I organize an Ubuntu party or get together?

I would like organize some Ubuntu party with my school, but how to improve Ubuntu with our time? (easily)
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What does it mean when Canonical says that Ubuntu is and always will be Absolutely Free?

In the video linked from this blog entry and other Canonical marketing material, it says things like Ubuntu is and always will be Absolutely Free. What does that mean? Especially considering that ...
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Is Ubuntu branding with other Linux Distro logos OK?

So I'm organizing a Ubuntu Hour, and advertising it through both the local LUG and the loco team - what's the policy regarding the Ubuntu logo on a poster with other Linux distros? (Fedora, Debian, ...
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What happens after someone receives Ubuntu membership?

What happens after someone receive Ubuntu membership? How s/he receives the benefits listed here? I knew it's documented somewhere on the wiki but so far couldn't find any trace of it. Thanks
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What is a 'Distribution'?

I am new to Ubuntu. In fact, I just started using Linux. My question is: What is a distro?
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Why are there popular ideas on Brainstorm that developers haven't implemented? [closed]

When joining Ubuntu Community I found Brainstorm not only a wonderful idea but great in execution to. Now after watching the site for 3 releases I wonder if its only fluff that's shown to new users. ...
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Why is Ubuntu named Ubuntu? [duplicate]

I have long been interested in something. I know a lot of things about the history of Ubuntu, but I do not know about the name. So, why is Ubuntu named "Ubuntu"?
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What does the Ubuntu Foundation do?

I heard that it was some sort of emergency fund or something.
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Donations to ubuntu? Fiscal deduction?

1) Is there any online facility to donate to Ubuntu on a recurrent (monthly) basis? 2) Are there any fiscal/tax deductions for doing so? If so, in what countries?
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Ubuntu Brainstorm site down/dead?

is http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com dead? I get redirected to http://community.ubuntu.com/ ? other references are dead as well. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Brainstorm/ This mailing list suggest the closure ...
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Who compiles all the packages that are part of ubuntu?

When an Ubuntu release is being made who compiles all the versions of the programs that are part of ubuntu and determines which version will ship with the release. For example, which version of ...
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Are there transcripts of UDS sessions?

I've been trying to listen to one of the UDS (Ubuntu Developer Summit) sessions today - had a great deal of trouble with interference. Are there transcripts available of sessions?
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What Ubuntu / Linux podcasts are most helpful? [closed]

Which podcasts in either the Ubuntu or general Linux categories are the most helpful or most enjoyable. One podcast per answer which could be voted independently would be useful and possibly ...
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How to start contributing to Ubuntu development?

I'd like to contribute to Ubuntu development some day. If you're a developer of Ubuntu could you tell me/us what are the prerequisites to start? What languages and technologies are needed to know, ...
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Why are there two wikis?

Why are there two wikis related to Ubuntu? The first one is Community Help Wiki and the second one is Ubuntu-wiki. Both of them seem to be related to the community. Are the sites the same?
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If I've signed the Canonical Contributors agreement, do I have to sign the new Harmony Agreement?

The contributors agreement has changed to a broad license harmony agreement. Do I need to resign the new agreement or is it automatic. Does anything prevent me from signing the new agreement and using ...
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What is a good place to collect lists of applications?

I want to know where I can find lists of applications and where to put them as well. I have some questions here on AU that are lists and I want to move them to one place for easy access for everyone. ...
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Where can I report a bug for apps.ubuntu.com?

I have a few bugs which I would like to patch for apps.ubuntu.com; however, I can't seem to find their project page on LaunchPad. Where can I get in touch with this team and where can I pull the code ...
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How to say “Thanks” to the Ubuntu developers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a congrats ubuntu page? The release of Ubuntu 12.04 is imminent and it's (once again) quite a fine release. Now I'd like to show my appreciation of all the ...