New contributor (was: Xubuntu)

Pasi Lallinaho open at
Thu Dec 10 19:17:25 UTC 2009

jim wrote:
> Hi Pasi,
> I have become interested in xubuntu to the point where I want to get
> involved in the project. I am not a software engineer or even a geek. I
> spent 23 years in sales and marketing and now I work work in security. I
> use computers daily at work and have windows, mac and buntu at home. I
> don't use a lot of the extra packages, mainly just surf the net, email
> and word processing.
> I have been burning buntu distros to CD's and have installed ubuntu and
> xubuntu on 3 of my co-workers home PC's. Is there something I can do to
> get involved with the xubuntu team? I am open to enrollment in some type
> of formal online training or even doing something right away if
> possible.
> Regards,
> Jim Smith
> Eastern USA
> State of Massachusetts
Hey Jim (CC: xubuntu-devel mailing list),

we're currently starting the development for the Lucid Lynx release,
which is to be released in April 2010, so you are approaching us just in
the right time. No formal application is needed, you can jump right in –

The best way to get contributing is to join #xubuntu-devel on the
Freenode IRC network and get to know people and get yourself known. You
will recognize me by the nick "knome" on the channel, if you want to
talk about any marketing specific issue. You can also contact me if you
have any other questions. Do not feel obliged to contact by IRC (email
is okay as well), but I can be reached better in IRC.

You should also subscribe to at least the xubuntu-devel mailing list
[1]. You can also join the #xubuntu channel on Freenode and subscribe to
the xubuntu-users mailing list [2].

The biggest tasks the marketing is going to face in the Lucid cycle is
to grow the Xubuntu developer community and raise awareness about it.
Other tasks include renewing the website, refreshing the artwork (which
will consist mostly of polishing the Albatross theme and done by the
Shimmer Project [3], which I also lead) and refreshing the documentation
artwork and style.

We also need to create some release artwork and raise some fuzz in
amongst people about Xubuntu when we are closer to releasing. I'd like
to do some rather big things (like advertising campaigns) and all the
help with it is totally appreciated.

Great to hear you are interested in contributing to Xubuntu.

[3], IRC channel #shimmer on Freenode

Pasi Lallinaho
Xubuntu Marketing Lead
Web-designer, graphic artist
IRC: knome @ freenode

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