Focus of the introduction for programmers

Martin Owens doctormo at
Fri Jan 29 18:19:00 UTC 2010

Hey Sense,

Perhaps the problem is that inside the Ubuntu project there aren't a
great number of development projects that new users can just dive right
into. Basically anything to do with bzr, launchpad, ubiquity or the
handful of other little extras that help the Ubuntu distribution.

Most programmer imagine working on applications, or other more visible
things. The Ubuntu project it's self isn't the right place for that, we
need to go upstream, it's the wider FLOSS community that should be

Sure their work will benefit Ubuntu in the end, but it's worth noting
the difference between Ubuntu's development efforts and upstream's.


On Fri, 2010-01-29 at 19:00 +0100, Sense Hofstede wrote:
> Hello,
> Often there's someone who knows some programming and asks how (s)he
> can help Ubuntu. Currently those people are mostly referred to the
> MOTU: packaging. However, I'm not so sure if directing all programmers
> to packaging is the best solution. Some people just want to write code
> and the MOTU is not the right place to do this.
> Maybe the introduction for developers should also mention the
> possibilities for contributing code as well as packages. This would
> require a wiki page providing a clear overview of all different
> projects in Ubuntu you could contribute to, so it's easy to find what
> projects you could work on.
> Regards,
> -- 
> Sense Hofstede
> [ˈsɛn.sə ˈɦɔf.steːdə]

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