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{i} '''Official Ubuntu Membership means recognition of significant and sustained contribution to Ubuntu and the Ubuntu community.''' {i}
''Together we have the opportunity to bring real technological freedom to every part of the world, across multiple devices and the cloud, and clothed in an elegant, beautiful, experience. It is a bold vision, but our greatest strength in Ubuntu is our community and together we can do this. Come and join us and be a part of bringing Ubuntu to the masses.''
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= Requirements for Membership =
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'''Contributions in all areas are welcome'''. = About =
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There are many different ways of contributing to Ubuntu. Contributions are valued and recognized whether you contribute to artwork, any of the LoCoTeams, documentation, providing support on the forums, the answers tracker, IRC support, bug triage, translation, development and packaging, marketing and advocacy, contributing to the wiki, or anything else. The whole community needs each other and depends on each other. Whichever way you choose to bring benefit to Ubuntu and help others is very much appreciated. (To review the list of ways to contribute to Ubuntu, have a look at the [[ContributeToUbuntu|Contribute To Ubuntu]] page.) We help to build Ubuntu, the most popular Free Operating System out there, we do packaging, translation, quality assurance, marketing, support, writing, design, art... We currently have more than 500 active members, from at least 100 countries. '''Join us!'''
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Ubuntu benefits through contributions to [[Upstream|upstream projects]] and [[Debian]] specifically. While contributions to those projects are appreciated and worth being recognized, involvement in downstream Ubuntu is required. After all it's all about ''Ubuntu membership''. :) ||<style="border: none;"> ||<style="border:none; width:99%; text-align: center;">[[http://people.ubuntu.com/~elacheche/lp-map.html|{{attachment:lp-map.png|ubuntu members map|width=600}}]]||<style="border:none"> ||
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The idea that ''only'' technical contributions (like patches or uploads of packages) or ''only'' contributions which give rise to karma in Launchpad is incorrect. The community is much broader and more diverse than that and it is sufficient to demonstrate significant and sustained contributions in any area of the Ubuntu community. It is important that members demonstrate the ability to interact with others, so detailed endorsements from others are important criteria that are evaluated during your application, because they give better insight into specific parts of the community. Testimonials from members of various parts of the community are appreciated, even if they're not Ubuntu members themselves. = Collaboration =
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In addition to interacting with others, you need to be Community savvy: so you need some insight into the community and be involved with it. There are [[ContributeToUbuntu|many]] different ways of contributing to Ubuntu. Contributions are valued and recognized whether you contribute to [[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork|artwork]], any of the [[http://loco.ubuntu.com/|LoCoTeams]], [[DocumentationTeam|documentation]], providing support on the [[http://ubuntuforums.org/|forums]], the [[https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu|answers tracker]], [[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/IRC/ChannelList|IRC support]], [[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad|bug triage]], [[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Translations|translation]], [[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDevelopment|development]] and [[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU|packaging]], [[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MarketingTeam|marketing]] and advocacy, or anything else. The whole community needs each other and depends on each other. Whichever way you choose to bring benefit to Ubuntu and help others is very much appreciated.
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See below for the procedure to be followed to obtain membership and advise on how to prepare your membership application. ||<style="border: none;"> ||<style="border:none; width:99%; text-align: center;">[[ContributeToUbuntu|{{attachment:collaboration-rev1.jpg|ways to collaborate|width=780}}]]||<style="border:none"> ||
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== Different forms of involvement ==
The work done in other Open Source communities is vitally important to Ubuntu. If you are part of one of Ubuntu's Upstreams we appreciate your work.
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If your collaboration with the Ubuntu project and involvement in the Ubuntu project constitutes as a significant and sustained contribution, you are eligible to Ubuntu membership. Ubuntu also benefits from contributions to [[Upstream|upstream projects]] and [[Debian]] specifically. However, while contributions to those projects are appreciated and worth being recognized, involvement in downstream Ubuntu is required for membership. After all it’s all about ''Ubuntu membership''. :)
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Examples for this kind of collaboration might be: joint release planning, cross-collaboration in terms of QA and exchanging fixes, etc. ||<style="border: none;"> ||<style="border:none; width:99%; text-align: center;">[[Debian|{{attachment:debian-ubuntu-rev1.jpg|ways to collaborate|width=120}}]]||<style="border:none"> ||
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For example these cases constitute as valuable contributions as well:
 * somebody working hard on Launchpad or some other piece of infrastructure, supporting and coordinating with the Ubuntu developers for months
 * somebody working on upstream project X that dealt with loads of Ubuntu bugs and coordinated releases together with Ubuntu developers
 * probably unrelated to Upstream contributions: somebody working with hardware manufacturers to get Ubuntu preinstalled
The idea that ''only'' technical contributions (like patches or uploads of packages) or ''only'' contributions which give rise to karma in Launchpad is incorrect. The community is much broader and more diverse than that and it is sufficient to demonstrate significant and sustained contributions in any area of the Ubuntu community. It is important that members demonstrate the ability to interact with others, so detailed endorsements from others are important criteria that are evaluated during your application, because they give better insight into specific parts of the community. Testimonials from members of various parts of the community are appreciated, even if they're not Ubuntu members themselves. Contributions are evaluated on their own merit and how they benefit Ubuntu and the Community, regardless of whether the contributor was paid to make the contribution or not.

== Upstreams ==

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The work done in other Open Source communities is vitally important to Ubuntu. If you are part of one of Ubuntu's Upstreams we appreciate your work. If your collaboration with the Ubuntu project and involvement in the Ubuntu project constitutes as a significant and sustained contribution, you are eligible to Ubuntu membership.

Some examples in what constitute valuable contributions for getting the Ubuntu membership follow:

 * Somebody working hard on Launchpad or some other piece of infrastructure, supporting and coordinating with the Ubuntu developers for months.
 * Somebody working on upstream project X that dealt with loads of Ubuntu bugs and coordinated releases together with Ubuntu developers.
 * Somebody working with hardware manufacturers to get Ubuntu pre-installed in an specific market.
 * Somebody writing apps for Ubuntu, making Ubuntu more beautiful by adding new functionality.
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= Benefits of Membership = = The Benefits =
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Membership entitles you to the following benefits: While the benefits of Membership can apply to the individual, it also applies to the whole Ubuntu Community. It also can reach out into the greater Open Source community. These benefits include:

== For the Individuals ==

 * Provides a recognition of significant, sustained, and continued contributions.

 * Suggests you're serious about your contributions and you'll be there if someone wants to find you (gives you credibility).

 * Allows the creation of a sort of Ubuntu resumé that could be used with potential employers (the testimonials could be independently verified through the wiki history).

 * Gives you clout within the larger world, since you essentially work for Ubuntu.

 * Acts as a commitment on the part of the team to engage and include the individual.

 * Gives you something to be proud of: being a member of a team of wonderful people around the world trying to make the world's software better.

== For the Communities (Ubuntu and Open Source) ==

 * The commitment that you give gives credibility to the community that will ensure it retains good people and makes the best out of investments in training (resources are limited).

 * Membership is not a statement of how great one is, but a commitment to the team and the community.

= The Perks =

== Ubuntu Community ==
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 * An @ubuntu.com email alias that forwards to your real email address. See UbuntuEmail for more details.
 * An ''ubuntu/member/your_nick'' cloak on freenode - See [[IRC/Cloaks]].
 * The right to print business cards with the Ubuntu logo - The business cards can be found at the BusinessCards page, you will need to take care of the printing yourself.
 * Syndication on Planet Ubuntu of your Ubuntu blog or the Ubuntu category posts in your blog, if you have one. Follow the registration instructions on PlanetUbuntu to add your blog!
 * An Ubuntu Member title at the Ubuntu Forums. See [[http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=445211|this post]] for more information.
 * A subscription to [[http://www.lwn.net|Linux Weekly News]] - see [[Membership/LWN|this page]] for instructions on how to apply.
 * Ability to join the Official Ubuntu Members group on [[ http://www.linkedin.com/ | LinkedIn ]]. See [[ Membership/LinkedIn ]] for more information.
 * An [[UbuntuEmail|@ubuntu.com]] email alias that forwards to your real email address.
 * An [[IRC/Cloaks|''ubuntu/member/your_nick'' cloak]] on freenode.
 * The right to print [[BusinessCards|business cards]] with the Ubuntu logo, you will need to take care of the printing.
 * Syndication on [[http://planet.ubuntu.com/|Planet Ubuntu]] of your Ubuntu blog. Follow the [[PlanetUbuntu|registration instructions]] to add your blog!
 * An [[http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=445211|Ubuntu Member]] title at the Ubuntu Forums.
 * SFTP access to a Web-accessible directory on [[PeopleUbuntuCom|people.ubuntu.com]]
 * A [[https://forms.canonical.com/certificate/|certificate]] signed by [[http://www.markshuttleworth.com/|sabdfl]] (Self appointed benevolent dictator for life) Mark Shuttleworth. Example below:

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||<style="border: none;"> ||<style="border:none; width:99%; text-align: center;">[[http://fridge.ubuntu.com/2013/06/14/certificates-for-ubuntu-members/|{{attachment:certificate-rev1.jpg|ways to collaborate|width=500}}]]||<style="border:none"> ||

== 3rd Party ==

 * A [[Membership/LWN|subscription]] to [[http://www.lwn.net|Linux Weekly News]].
## * Ability to join the [[Membership/LinkedIn|Official Ubuntu Members]] group on [[ http://www.linkedin.com/ | LinkedIn ]].
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 * Ubuntu Member Flair on Reddit, read [[http://www.reddit.com/r/Ubuntu/comments/l5b3x/members_and_canonical_employees_claim_your_flair/|this]] for details.
 * SFTP access to a Web-accessible directory on [[PeopleUbuntuCom|people.ubuntu.com]]
 * Ubuntu Member [[http://www.reddit.com/r/Ubuntu/comments/l5b3x/members_and_canonical_employees_claim_your_flair/|Flair]] on Reddit.
 * [[Membership/Gandi|Discounted]] domain registration pricing and partner rates for cloud hosting at [[https://www.gandi.net/|Gandi.net]].
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= Procedure for Obtaining Membership =

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|Membership Boards]]. Alternatively some Ubuntu teams can grant membership directly through their governance Council. Examples are the [[https://launchpad.net/~kubuntu-members|Kubuntu Council]], the [[https://launchpad.net/~edubuntu-members|Edubuntu Council]], [[DeveloperMembershipBoard|Developer Membership Board]], and the [[https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-irc-council|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.

The membership boards hold meetings at 12:00 and 22:00 UTC.

A chart showing the different methods of obtaining Ubuntu Membership is available in [[attachment:new-membership-small.png|png]] format. Aubergine text indicates councils that you can go to in order to receive Ubuntu Membership.

== Other venues for obtaining Membership ==

In addition to the [[Membership/Boards|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:
  * in Edubuntu, you might want to add your application to the [[Edubuntu/Council]] agenda and attend a meeting there
  * in 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 [[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Forums/Membership|Forums Membership]] .

## To edit the chart, [[apt:graphviz|install graphviz]], download the [[attachment:membership.dot|dot]] file, and make your changes. You can generate the png image by entering {{{dot -Tpng -omembership.png membership.dot}}} and the pdf file with {{{dot -Tpdf -omembership.pdf membership.dot}}}
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= 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:

 1. A summary of your contributions to Ubuntu (no longer than 2-3 lines)
 1. A link to your Launchpad profile
 1. A complete description of your contributions to Ubuntu
 1. Your plans and ideas for Ubuntu in the near and far future

You can use [[yourname|this]] or [[MembershipTemplate|that]] template as sample.

'''Code of Conduct'''

You must have signed the Code of Conduct (see the GnuPrivacyGuardHowto for more info on this), prior to applying for membership.

'''Testimonials'''

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.

If you have questions or wish to give private testimonials email ubuntu-membership-boards@lists.ubuntu.com (your message may initially be held for moderation).
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Ubuntu Official Ubuntu Membership means recognition of significant and sustained contribution to Ubuntu or the Ubuntu community.


Ubuntu community


Together we have the opportunity to bring real technological freedom to every part of the world, across multiple devices and the cloud, and clothed in an elegant, beautiful, experience. It is a bold vision, but our greatest strength in Ubuntu is our community and together we can do this. Come and join us and be a part of bringing Ubuntu to the masses.

Jono Bacon, Former Ubuntu Community Manager

About

We help to build Ubuntu, the most popular Free Operating System out there, we do packaging, translation, quality assurance, marketing, support, writing, design, art... We currently have more than 500 active members, from at least 100 countries. Join us!

ubuntu members map

Collaboration

There are many different ways of contributing to Ubuntu. Contributions are valued and recognized whether you contribute to artwork, any of the LoCoTeams, documentation, providing support on the forums, the answers tracker, IRC support, bug triage, translation, development and packaging, marketing and advocacy, or anything else. The whole community needs each other and depends on each other. Whichever way you choose to bring benefit to Ubuntu and help others is very much appreciated.

ways to collaborate

Contributions in all areas are welcome

Ubuntu also benefits from contributions to upstream projects and Debian specifically. However, while contributions to those projects are appreciated and worth being recognized, involvement in downstream Ubuntu is required for membership. After all it’s all about Ubuntu membership. Smile :)

ways to collaborate

The idea that only technical contributions (like patches or uploads of packages) or only contributions which give rise to karma in Launchpad is incorrect. The community is much broader and more diverse than that and it is sufficient to demonstrate significant and sustained contributions in any area of the Ubuntu community. It is important that members demonstrate the ability to interact with others, so detailed endorsements from others are important criteria that are evaluated during your application, because they give better insight into specific parts of the community. Testimonials from members of various parts of the community are appreciated, even if they're not Ubuntu members themselves. Contributions are evaluated on their own merit and how they benefit Ubuntu and the Community, regardless of whether the contributor was paid to make the contribution or not.

Upstreams

ways to collaborate

The work done in other Open Source communities is vitally important to Ubuntu. If you are part of one of Ubuntu's Upstreams we appreciate your work. If your collaboration with the Ubuntu project and involvement in the Ubuntu project constitutes as a significant and sustained contribution, you are eligible to Ubuntu membership.

Some examples in what constitute valuable contributions for getting the Ubuntu membership follow:

  • Somebody working hard on Launchpad or some other piece of infrastructure, supporting and coordinating with the Ubuntu developers for months.
  • Somebody working on upstream project X that dealt with loads of Ubuntu bugs and coordinated releases together with Ubuntu developers.
  • Somebody working with hardware manufacturers to get Ubuntu pre-installed in an specific market.
  • Somebody writing apps for Ubuntu, making Ubuntu more beautiful by adding new functionality.

When applying for Ubuntu membership, please make the relevance of your work to the Ubuntu project very clear.

The Benefits

While the benefits of Membership can apply to the individual, it also applies to the whole Ubuntu Community. It also can reach out into the greater Open Source community. These benefits include:

For the Individuals

  • Provides a recognition of significant, sustained, and continued contributions.
  • Suggests you're serious about your contributions and you'll be there if someone wants to find you (gives you credibility).
  • Allows the creation of a sort of Ubuntu resumé that could be used with potential employers (the testimonials could be independently verified through the wiki history).
  • Gives you clout within the larger world, since you essentially work for Ubuntu.
  • Acts as a commitment on the part of the team to engage and include the individual.
  • Gives you something to be proud of: being a member of a team of wonderful people around the world trying to make the world's software better.

For the Communities (Ubuntu and Open Source)

  • The commitment that you give gives credibility to the community that will ensure it retains good people and makes the best out of investments in training (resources are limited).
  • Membership is not a statement of how great one is, but a commitment to the team and the community.

The Perks

Ubuntu Community


ways to collaborate

3rd Party

  • Signing up for SixXS account with an Ubuntu email address and a link to your Launchpad page will grant you an "Ubuntu Credit Bonus" of 25 credit points.

  • Ubuntu Member Flair on Reddit.

  • Discounted domain registration pricing and partner rates for cloud hosting at Gandi.net.


If you have a question, you've found an error|improvement on this page or wish to give private testimonials email ubuntu-membership-boards@lists.ubuntu.com (your message may initially be held for moderation).

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