Membership

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Ubuntu Official Ubuntu Membership means recognition of significant and sustained contribution to Ubuntu or the Ubuntu community.

Membership of the Ubuntu community means recognition of a significant and sustained contribution to Ubuntu and the Ubuntu community. Contributions in all areas are welcome, from support to advocacy, from programming to artwork and documentation, from LoCoTeams activities to core packaging.

Membership entitles you to the following benefits:

  • Voting privileges to confirm Ubuntu Community Council nominations.

  • An @ubuntu.com email alias that forwards to your real email address. See UbuntuEmail for more details.

  • An ubuntu/member/your_nick hostname IRC cloak on Freenode - See IrcTeam/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 this post for more information.

  • A subscription to Linux Weekly News - see this page for instructions on how to apply.

  • Ability to join the Official Ubuntu Members group on LinkedIn. See Membership/LinkedIn for more information.

  • 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.

  • SFTP access to a Web-accessible directory on people.ubuntu.com

Requirements

If you think your contributions have been significant and sustained, you can try to become a member. Generally, at least two months of visible, significant activity will be required.

The regular way to apply for membership is through the regional membership boards. Alternatively some Ubuntu teams can grant membership directly through their governance Council. Examples are the Kubuntu Council, the Edubuntu Council, and the MOTU Council.

In each case, you need to add your name to the agenda for the next meeting of the membership board for your region, or the team council, and prepare carefully according to the instructions below.

The regional membership boards hold meetings in the early evening in the relevant region. If this time is not convenient for you, you can attend a meeting of a membership board for one of the other regions.

A chart showing the different methods of obtaining Ubuntu Membership is available in png and pdf format.

To edit the chart, install graphviz, download the 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

Preparation

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)
  2. A link to your Launchpad profile
  3. A complete description of your contributions to Ubuntu
  4. Your plans and ideas for Ubuntu in the near and far future

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.