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The Ubuntu Desktop Team Mission Statement is to produce a desktop environment that is:

  • stable,
  • usable,
  • accessible,
  • attractive,
  • consistent,
  • discoverable, and
  • immediately useful.

To comply with our Mission Statement, the Desktop Team tasks are mainly to maintain and develop our desktop packages.


The first and most important task of the Desktop Team is maintaining our desktop packages.

We do this by:

  • Keeping up to date with the latest releases from our upstreams

  • Triaging and fixing reported bugs

  • Testing the desktop

  • Deciding which packages should compose the desktop


The second task is new development to improve the user experience, both by improving the usability of our existing desktop and developing innovative new interface concepts.

We do this by:

  • Identifying key user experiences that define the desktop

  • Designing user cases for these experiences
  • Writing new project specifications to improve them

  • Developing some applications ourselves to fit the needs of the desktop


Does this sound fun? We have many suggestions on how to get started, but here are a few important ones:

If you find yourself doing a lot of desktop work, consider joining the team!


  • Join our mailing list (medium traffic)

  • Join us on IRC in #ubuntu-desktop on FreeNode

  • This page contains links to upstream mailing lists and/or irc channels for questions relative to specific desktop modules