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There are many, many ways to contribute to Ubuntu. Some require technical knowledge, but many do not. Before contributing to Ubuntu, you should read the Ubuntu Code of Conduct, which lays out a standard of behavior for contributors. (Mostly) Non-technical: Perhaps the easiest way to contribute to the Ubuntu community is to provide support. Besides helping ...


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The word of Ubuntu is very difficult to explain in one word in English. Some people say it means "humaness, to be human", some describe it as "Humanity in humility". See the discussion in the ubuntu forum Bishop Tutu has describe Ubuntu as: A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that ...


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Mark Shuttleworth is an entrepreneur from South Africa who founded the Ubuntu operating system through his company, Canonical. Before founding Canonical, he was the founder of Thawte, a company he founded in 1995 to provide digital certificates and internet security. Thawte has since been sold to Verisign. Shuttleworth was a Debian Developer in the ...


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Some places you can go when looking for help when using the RTFM method ... The Official Ubuntu Documentation page where you can find the official documentation developed and maintained by the Ubuntu Documentation Project. The Ubuntu Documentation Wiki, whose home page I can never seem to find with a search, is a community-driven and open area of the ...


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I think your question is a bit open ended and probably more a discussion topic than something we can handle here on AU but I will try to answer the question in the spirit in which you asked with my personal experience. A wise man I respect once told me "Open Source isn't a spectator sport, it's a participatory sport." Or something along those lines, I don't ...


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"OpenOffice decided not to have a learning curve" The OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice office suites have retained a traditional interface that most users (of them or any other office suite) are likely to find familiar and pretty easy to use, without having to learn it or get used to it first. In contrast, some other office suites, including newer ...


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You can find lots of marketing materials on Spread Ubuntu, they have some great looking SVG posters which can be downloaded and edited using Inkscape. You may also be interested in joining the Ubuntu Marketing Team or the Ubuntu Art Team which are both involved in created posters and logos. You can also find some nice materials on openclipart, while not ...


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If you became an Ubuntu member you get the benefit of an @ubuntu.com email. Here is how you can become an Ubuntu member: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Membership Ubuntu members are people who are helping the development and growth of Ubuntu. It does not require coding or packaging. You can be an Ubuntu member by just contributing to translations or marketing. ...


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I know of employees of the following companies who are tasked with improvements to Ubuntu as a primary job responsibility, including maintenance or delivery of software in the archive, bugfixing, and other development work performed on and in Ubuntu. This list is necessarily incomplete, as it is exceedingly likely that many folk have not decided to disclose ...


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See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Membership "Contributions are valued and recognised whether you contribute to artwork, any of the LoCoTeams, documentation, the forums, the answers tracker, IRC support, bug triage, translation, development and packaging, marketing and advocacy or anything else."


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A Distribution of Linux is a package of software, designed to be a complete Operating System. A linux operating system consists of a few parts: The Linux Kernel Including: Device Drivers System level software The GNU* Userland Consisting of User interface software (bash, ...) Compiler, linker, parser-generator, ... Application software (emacs, bc, ...


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I feel the question is missing something. It's phrased in the manner of "I didn't get help here... where else can I go to find people to help me?" But Ask Ubuntu isn't really about helping people one-on-one. If that were the primary purpose, we wouldn't close questions because they are duplicates or bug reports. The primary purpose of Ask Ubuntu is to ...


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If you go to The Ubuntu Story page, you will find this: Governance Version 4.10, codenamed the 'Warty Warthog', the first official Ubuntu release, was launched in October 2004. Global interest in Ubuntu was dramatic from the outset. The year following the Warty Warthog release saw huge growth in the Ubuntu community as thousands of free software ...


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There is also the paid official support: http://www.ubuntu.com/support and others forums like: http://ubuntuforums.org/ http://www.linuxquestions.org/ http://unix.stackexchange.com/ http://superuser.com/


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First of all it is not necessary that Most popular or Most voted ideas should get Implemented by the Ubuntu Developers team. I mean if anyone is so Inclined towards bringing it in Ubuntu , then there exists other way using Launchpad PPA where you can Build your Idea and Implement in more Customizable form. From Ubuntu brainstorm Wiki page Ubuntu ...


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These are people related to Ubuntu, in some capacity or other. Most of them are developers, and UI designers. Some are fansites. I will keep adding more as I find them. Ubuntu Evangelist, and owner of Canonical: Mark Shuttleworth. Unity’s Technical Lead and Canonical DX Team Member: Neil Patel. Fansite: OMG Ubuntu. Fansite: Ubuntu Gamer. Blog and ...


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Jorge Castro (website) Ask Ubuntu (website) :D Wepupd8 (website) Ubuntuka (website) Ubuntu podcast (website) Ubuntu podcast UK (website) Ubuntujames (Website) Ubuntu chick Nixie pixel (website) Full circle magazine (website). Ubuntu Manual (website) Dutch: Ubuntu NL (website)


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Firstly, please correct me if I'm wrong, and understand that English is not my first language. Firstly, can we define what "big computer companies" are? Are we talking about the "big-ness" like Canonical (whose name is most probably unfamiliar to most people) or big like Intel, AMD/ATI, nVidia (whose name is synonymous to processors and graphic cards ...


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The twice-yearly Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) or yearly Debconf are a location where it is easy to see direct funding for Ubuntu: companies sending their own employees (or for individuals, sending themselves). When you see people from Intel, HP, Dell, … at UDS (or another Linux conference) it's probably a fairly good confirmation that their attendance is ...


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Ubuntu is a South African ethical ideology focusing on people's allegiances and relations with each other. The word comes from the Zulu and Xhosa languages. Ubuntu is seen as a traditional African concept, is regarded as one of the founding principles of the new republic of South Africa and is connected to the idea of an African Renaissance. ...


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It is made very easy to sign the Ubuntu Code of Conduct Launchpad offers a step by step guide to do so: https://launchpad.net/codeofconduct * *Note that you will only see links to the codes there if you have already signed it This will open the following page: All you have to do is following the steps outlined. The first step is not necessarily ...


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There is a list of OEMs who submit their hardware for certification here. Individual components are also certified here. There is also a list of Ubuntu "partners" here. These are software or service providers who specifically support Ubuntu. It's a big list ;-) Ubuntu certification is very thorough, as detailed on the official page here and Dell's blog ...


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A few that haven't been mentioned from those I'm following: Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) is heavily involved in design work at Canonical Aaron Bockover founded and continues to develop Banshee Michael Larabel runs Phoronix (popular hardware and benchmarking website) Marco Ceppi is a moderator on this very site Asa Doltzer works at Mozilla and posts lots of ...


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The Ubuntu Wiki has lots of information about the naming system at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DevelopmentCodeNames. According to Mark Shuttleworth, the "Adjective Animal" system started as a joke and stuck. It's Mark that announces the new names, usually on his blog at http://www.markshuttleworth.com/


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On the Ubuntu-Canonical relationship, please think of it this way: Ubuntu = Canonical + Community. For certain parts of Ubuntu, Canonical will be the biggest contributor/influencer, and for other parts the Community (that is not Canonical) will be. It's a partnership where each party brings certain strengths and contributions (somewhat like a marriage). ...


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The reason X doesn't get alot of work is that it requires an enormous amount of knowledge about how GPU's, memory etc.. work as well as familiarity with the X.org code base and to some extent kernel programming. It's not a trivial thing to get into and from a community perspective those who are interested in working on X or X drivers are probably already ...


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Speaking as a developer who is casually interested in X, here are my issues: I only have access to a handful of graphics cards and I suspect most people only have access to one. Thus I can't do much for the vast majority of bugs, which will always be on "some other card". Unlike most packages, I can't trivially create a test environment for a new driver ...


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There are tons of ways that an organized group of people can contribute to Ubuntu. Here are some of mine: LoCo Activities - formal teams in Ubuntu are called Local Teams (LoCo), they have a ton of information with good ideas on their wiki page. You can find if there's an existing LoCo team in the directory. I recommend you contact them and let them know ...


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community accepted answer Summary You do not need to use your real name in the Ubuntu Community and when contributing to the Ubuntu project. However, you do need to use a real legal identity to contribute to certain Canonical upstream projects (or have agreed a suitable alternative). Ubuntu Community I asked Elizabeth Krumbach (a member of the Ubuntu ...


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this answer has now been merged into the community accepted answer None of the wider community stuff requires you to use your real name. Launchpad and Membership both allow aliases and handles (for example, I'm Oli here, Oli on IRC, Oli on Launchpad and Oli as an Ubuntu member). The only instance where I've seen a real name policy is a reference to the ...



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