GettingInvolved

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The Kubuntu community consists of a group of invdividuals, who make up one of the greatest teams in the Open Source community, work on various aspects of the distribution, providing advice and technical support, as well as helping to promote Kubuntu to a wider audience.

What skills are necessary in order to get involved with Kubuntu?
Any and every skill is useful for the Kubuntu community.
No matter your skill level, there is a project waiting for your help. That's right! Anyone can help shape and improve the future of Kubuntu. This document will introduce you to the most common ways that you can contribute to Kubuntu: by using Kubuntu in your everyday life and recommending it to others, by helping other users, by translating programs or documents to your native language, by testing the software and reporting issues, by creating artwork or writing documentation, by fixing software issues, writing new software or keeping others' software up to date.

Many of these tasks do not require special technical skills - in the Kubuntu community, you don't have to be a programmer to get involved! Take your time and review this document and see what catches your interest. If there are tools or means of on-line communication that you are unfamiliar with, you can read more about these in the "Participating in the Kubuntu Community" section.

No matter how much you want to contribute, we will welcome new drive and ideas and any contributions to improve Kubuntu and spread Open Source to the world.

Spreading the word

The easiest way to give back to the Kubuntu community is by sharing Kubuntu with others: Recommend Kubuntu to others, show them how to download and install Kubuntu and the possibilities and qualities of Open Source Software. As the Kubuntu community grows, so does its influence and the more accepted and supported Kubuntu will become! You can spread the word by:

  • Ordering CDs from ShipIt and giving them to people who might be interested. Drop them off at libraries, Internet Cafes, schools, computer shops or anywhere else where people use computers. Be sure to help people to use and understand Kubuntu if they become interested.

  • Give a talk at your local school, Linux User Group or library on Kubuntu! There are lots of notes from Kubuntu talks given by others in several languages on the wiki.
  • Write a short account of how and why you use Kubuntu by following these guidelines and send it to <kubuntu-devel@lists.ubuntu.com>. Your story can then be used to show others how Kubuntu can be used!

  • Join or start a Local Community Team - if you like Kubuntu, it is likely that others around you like it as well! See "Going Local!" section for details.

Donating

Your support makes all the difference to improving Kubuntu, and helps to keep hungry programmers focused on making sure Kubuntu is the distribution you love to share. We use donated funds to pay developer contracts for feature goals in the next release, or contribute them to the bounty fund. Donations are handled through PayPal. You're free to donate any amount you like - just click on the yellow button in this link, or use the PayPal donation address: <donations AT ubuntulinux DOT org>.

Going Local!

Chances are that you are not the only person in your city, region or country who is using Kubuntu. You can help to make Kubuntu better for people in your area by helping out local Kubuntu users or translating the Kubuntu software and documentation to your local language.

LoCo teams

If you want to meet other Ubuntu/Kubuntu users in your area, you should look for a Local Ubuntu Community team (LoCo team for short) to join. There are LoCo teams spread out all over the world, and you can find a list of all of them here. If there isn't a LoCo team near you, you can start a new one! Just follow the instructions on the wiki. Contact:

  • Read the LoCoTeams wiki page.

  • Join your local LoCo Team mailing list and IRC channel (details can be found on the LoCoTeamList wiki page)

Translation

If your home language is not English, but you happen to have really good English skills and are comfortable using software in English, you can help to translate Kubuntu applications and documentation into your native language. To help out you can:

  • Using the web-based Rosetta translation system makes it easy to translate Kubuntu applications into your language. Even if you just translate a few lines you may make all the difference to someone in your own country who is just starting to learn about computers and Free Software.

  • Translate popular wiki pages within the Documentation Wiki.
  • Test that your local language fonts and display works correctly. If they don't, file bug reports on the issues.

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  • Join your local LoCo Team mailing list and IRC channel (details can be found on the LoCoTeamList wiki page) to get in touch with other users in your region so you can coordinate your translation efforts.

  • Join the Ubuntu-Translators mailing list to stay in touch with other Ubuntu/Kubuntu translators.

Helping others with Kubuntu

You can make a major contribution to the Kubuntu project by helping others use Kubuntu. There are four main community support channels where you can help out other Kubuntu users by answer questions and referring them to relevant documentation:

NB: If you prefer to help other Kubuntu users in another language than English, please refer to the LoCoTeamList for info on local language support options where you can help out.

Helping others with Ubuntu, Edubuntu, or Xubuntu

If you want to help users specifically with issues concerning one of Ubuntu's partner projects, such as Kubuntu, Edubuntu, and Xubuntu, each of these have their own support IRC channels on Freenode, as well as their own mailing lists. All of Ubuntu's partner projects are also supported on the Ubuntu Forums.

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Edubuntu

Xubuntu

Usability

If you want to imporve the usability of Kubuntu, you can try out one of the Kubuntu usability tests on your friends, and record their reactions and impressions of Kubuntu. You can then report these impressions to the Kubuntu team.

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Accessibility

If you are interested in making Kubuntu and the other Ubuntu projects usable by as many people as possible across ages, language and physical abilities, you can help the Ubuntu Accessibility Team with improving accessibility support on the Kubuntu platform and the software that runs on it.

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Writing Documentation

If you get stumped by a problem with Kubuntu, chances are good that many other people will be frustrated by it as well. If you are not currently able to write code to fix the problem, you can help everyone else out by writing up your experience and documenting the solution! All documentation and help pages in Kubuntu are written by volunteer community members gathered in the Ubuntu Documentation Team, and you can help out in a number of ways:

  • Check the existing documentation to see if it covers your problem. If it does, you can add to it, edit it or remove errors (such as typos, grammar and spelling, and technical errors), send any suggestions and changes to the Documentation Team mailing list.
  • If no relevant documentation exists, you can add a page in the Documentation Wiki which is a separate community wiki for editing and writing documentation. Rather than answer a question two or more times, write up the answer and make it available to everyone in the wiki.
  • Read through the HOWTOs and other documentation in the Ubuntu Forums and check them for accuracy, and put them in the Documentation Wiki.
  • Join one of the Documentation Team projects and work on directly maintaining and developing one of the guides for Kubuntu or one of the other community projects. A new version of these guides are released with each new release of Kubuntu, and these are translated through the translation tool Rosetta in the same manner as all other applications in Ubuntu.
  • You can also file bug reports at https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/kubuntu-docs/+filebug for inaccuracies in Kubuntu's system installed documentation. See https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ReportingBugs for help on filing bug reports.

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Wiki

You can spell-check, edit or write the pages of the Ubuntu/Kubuntu wiki. The better and more accessible the information in the wiki is, the easier it will be for people to use. You can find a list of pages in need of editing on the Wiki Todo page. The Wiki is maintained by the Documentation Team, but anyone can edit the pages or contribute new pages. Read the Wiki Guidelines for more information.

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Creating Artwork

If you have artistic talent, you can help improve the style and feel of the Kubuntu desktop by contributing to the artwork and design of the next release of Kubuntu. All of the splash screens, icons, wallpapers and sounds of Kubuntu are designed, discussed, and approved by the Kubuntu Council, and you can help out by examining the current approved Kubuntu artwork projects at the Artwork team's wiki page. If you are interested in creating promotional artwork such as posters and flyers, see 'Marketing' above.

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