Official Ubuntu Membership means recognition of significant and sustained contribution to Ubuntu or the Ubuntu community.
We look for sustained and significant contributions. While there is no precise period that we look for, it is rare for applications to be accepted from people contributing for less than 6 months. If you are unsure if your contributions constitute as sustained and significant, ask your team mates and other Ubuntu members. Maybe they can even add some kind of endorsement to your application.
The regular way to apply for membership is through the Membership Boards. Alternatively some Ubuntu teams can grant membership directly through their governance Council. Examples are the Kubuntu Council, the Edubuntu Council, Developer Membership Board, and the IRC Council.
In each case, you need to add your name to the agenda for the next meeting of the membership board that suits your time zone, or the team council, and prepare carefully according to the instructions below.
Other venues for obtaining Membership
In addition to the Membership Boards, who handle the bulk of membership approval, there are other groups in Ubuntu that handle specific other cases.
If your primary contributions to Ubuntu are:
Edubuntu, you might want to add your application to the Edubuntu/Council agenda and attend a meeting there
Kubuntu, you might want to add your application to the Kubuntu/Meetings agenda and attend a meeting there
very technical (Ubuntu development, packaging and the like), you might want to follow the UbuntuDevelopers process
For contributions that are mostly within the IRC area, you might want to add your application to IRC/IrcCouncil/MeetingAgenda and attend a meeting there. More information on the specific process at: IRC/Membership
For contributions primarily related to providing support via the Ubuntu forums, you can apply via Forums Membership .
Preparing your Application
It is vital to be well prepared for the meeting. You need to convince the membership board that you have contributed to Ubuntu.
Personal wiki page
Your contributions should therefore be carefully documented on your personal wiki page. Include the following details:
- A summary of your contributions to Ubuntu (no longer than 2-3 lines per item)
- A link to your Launchpad profile
- A complete description of your contributions to Ubuntu
- Your plans and ideas for Ubuntu in the near and far future
You can use this template as a sample.
IMPORTANT The contributions section is the most important part of the whole application. Make sure it includes details of all of your contributions. Include links and pictures wherever applicable. Describe in detail what you have done, where you did it, who you did it with, how often you did it, etc. If you must err, err on the side of saying too much rather than saying too little when it comes to contributions.
IMPORTANT If you can't create/edit your page please check the Wiki Guide.
Code of Conduct
You must have signed the Code of Conduct (see the GnuPrivacyGuardHowto for more info on this), prior to applying for membership.
If there are recognized members of the Ubuntu community supporting you at the meeting, this will definitely speed up the process of approving you. If your “sponsors” can’t attend the relevant meeting, ask them to leave a testimonial on your wiki page about your contributions.
Note: They do not need to be Ubuntu Members, just a part of the community, even your local community. Testimonials in languages other than English are fine. Some members of boards are multilingual, and if not, they can use a translation tool.
Ubuntu membership board meetings take place on Internet Relay Chat (IRC), in the #ubuntu-meeting channel on the [https://freenode.net/|Freenode] network. If you haven't used IRC before, the easiest way to connect is to use a web client like KiwiIRC. This link will connect you directly to the #ubuntu-meeting channel.
Ahead of your membership board meeting, you will need to register your IRC nickname or nick so the membership board know who you are. When you connect to Kiwi IRC, you may see a message saying "This nickname is registered". If you see this, you will need to choose a new nick as someone else is using it.
Once you have a unique nick set, you can register it by sending a message to NickServ, an IRC bot that manages user accounts. Send a message with the following contents:
/msg NickServ REGISTER <password> <email address>
Set a unique, unguessable password. Next time you connect, you can either enter the password on the Kiwi IRC front page, or send the following message to Nickserv:
/msg NickServ IDENTIFY <password>
Once you have your nick registered, you should enter it under the "IRC nick" column when you book a slot on the Membership board wiki page (see below).
Ensure that you are connected to IRC at the right time so you don't miss the meeting. The board members will not be able to send you a message unless you are connected.
Add your wiki page with at least 24 hrs ahead of the meeting to the Board best suited for your time.
Try to follow these suggestions when possible:
- Your personal wiki page should be prepared before you add your application to the agenda
- Be well prepared for the interview
- It's a good practice to create a writing where you describe yourself and your contributions to Ubuntu before hand.
- Add yourself to the list early, the board meetings usually take about an hour and if there are many applicants some may get postponed until the next meeting
Add your wiki page to the meeting agenda at least 24 hours ahead of the meeting
Only add yourself when you're sure you can make it to the next meeting
The date at the end of the agenda table is the date you have added yourself to the membership candidate list, not the date of a meeting.
Candidates will not be considered if they have not Digitally Signed the Ubuntu Code of Conduct.
If you have a question, you've found an error|improvement on this page or wish to give private testimonials email firstname.lastname@example.org (your message may initially be held for moderation).