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Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a list of questions that are frequently asked by new contributors on #ubuntu-motu and the ubuntu-motu and ubuntu-motu-mentors mailing lists. If you don't find an answer to your question here, please add it along with the answer when you find out.
This page contains MOTU specific frequently asked questions. Technical content that used to be on this page, has moved to ["UbuntuDevelopment/FAQ"], which is the general place for FAQ regarding Packaging and Ubuntu Development.
Be sure to check out these pages as well:
I want to help out Ubuntu MOTU and learn packaging, where do I start?
Take a look at [wiki:MOTU/Contributing MOTU/Contributing], [https://help.ubuntu.com/6.10/ubuntu/packagingguide/C/index.html the Packaging Guide] and generally acquaint yourself with the documentation under [wiki:MOTU MOTU].
How do I get a mentor?
Read the information at [wiki:MOTU/Mentoring/Contributor MOTU/Mentoring/Contributor].
Do I need to know a lot of programming languages to become a MOTU?
Much more important than having a lot of progamming experience is
- being a good team player
- learning by reading documentation, trying things out and not being afraid to ask questions
- being highly motivated
- having a knack for trying to make things work
- having some detective skills
Do I need to have a mentor to work on packaging things or become a MOTU?
No. The mentorship program is absolutely and totally optional. It is intended as an extra bit of help for people who want it. You are encouraged to dive in and help out right away. You can always ask for help on the MOTU mailling list or the #ubuntu-motu IRC channel.