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Find people, find things to do.

Ubuntu Wanted would be a website that would serve as the entry point for community contribution to Ubuntu. It would be the place where new community members would start looking for a position or maybe even multiple positions they could do. It would be the place where community veterans would look for other things they could do and it would be the place where teams and people place positions and search for people when they need someone. This would be limited to the Ubuntu Community, no third-party positions would be allowed, with the exception (SUGGESTION) of Ubuntu affiliated projects like Apport and Ground Control.

Since Ubuntu Wanted would serve as the entry point for community contribution to Ubuntu and we want to encourage the development of great applications the website would also point users to resources regarding opportunistic and regular development.

Release Note


The Ubuntu Community wouldn't exist without its contributors. Every volunteer is useful and we should do anything to make it as easy for people to enter the Ubuntu Community.

If you want to make it easy for people to join the community and start contributing actively, you need to make sure they can easily find out what there is to do. However, at the moment it's not very easy to discover the different positions there are in the Ubuntu Community. Most teams do list positions on their own wiki page, but it's scattered and some vacancies are usually discussed at mailing lists.

In order to make existing community members as productive and happy (result: more productive) as possible you need to make sure they're working on the position(s) they like. If you provide them with a way of finding what exactly there is to do and what they could do else, it's more likely that the community members will find positions they like and maybe even extra positions they like but wouldn't have done otherwise.

A distribution is as good as its software. We need people to develop really good applications and should accept those applications as a part of the greater community. It should be very easy for people to find out how to write an application for Ubuntu and how to make sure it is picked up by the rest of the community.

User stories

  • Brian needs a lot of people to triage bugs. He creates a position called 'Bug Triaging' on Ubuntu Wanted and sets the number of persons needed to infinite. Because you don't have to be improved he sets the application procedure to "informal" and writes about Bugs/HowToTriage and #ubuntu-bugs in the textfield for the message that should be shown when a person wants to apply.

  • David needs five people for translating a specific application. He creates a position at Ubuntu Wanted and sets the number of persons needed to five. As the application method he selects "formal" because the applicants need to answer a fixed set of questions. He can approve or decline applications using the web interface.
  • Jono is an opportunistic developer who wants to write an application for Ubuntu. He goes to Ubuntu Wanted because he heard that's where you can start your dive into the Ubuntu community and follows the links to explanations of how he can write an application. His application gets picked up quickly by other community members that find it interesting and soon it is packaged and added to the repositories.
  • Amber needs people for the Ubuntu Women project. Using the Ubuntu Wanted search function she searches for people that have experience with holding talks for large groups and when she's found a few she mails them asking them if they would be interesting in helping out.
  • Jane-Joe is a very artistic person and would like to work on the panel icons. It applies to the position via the on-site form. After a few days Ubuntu Wanted mails the reaction of the position owner to Jane-Joe and the position is added to Jane-Joe's profile, adding to the experience listed on the profile.



Ubuntu Wanted is divided in three sections: persons, positions and write new apps. Persons:

  • user profiles
    • skills
    • experience
    • fetch as much as possible from Launchpad
  • search users


  • Positions
    • two different application types
      • formal: applications with form, managed on the site
      • informal: applicants get presented with information about how to apply
    • set number of people needed, or infinitive
    • required skills and experience
    • categorised
    • assigned to a 'project'
  • Projects
    • subsets of the Ubuntu Community like QA, Bug Squad, Community, Translations, Ground Control, etc
  • search positions by
    • category
    • project
    • search terms
  • show positions that fit with the user's experience and skills

Write new apps:

  • Provide a starting point for people wanting to develop something new for Ubuntu
    • Link to Quickly et al.


See http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/308 for an explanation of the meanings of the different theme elements that are a part of the Ubuntu looks. We want:

  • Mostly orange: we're a community website
  • No dots: we're not an enterprise nor just meant for developers
  • We can use the Ubuntu.com and the Ubuntuforums.org themes as a starting point to make the website fit into the family of websites





Written using Django, integrated into Launchpad using launchpadlib.


Unresolved issues

  • Often people raised the issue of allowing third-parties to place positions on Ubuntu Wanted, be it asking for volunteers or offering a payment. We've said consequently that Ubuntu Wanted only focuses on the Ubuntu Community and not on the broader ecosystem around it. However, a website like Ubuntu Jobs, possible modelled after Linux Jobs, may be a valuable addition to Ubuntu.
  • It could be that Ubuntu Wanted separates the community because it takes people away from the wiki and the mailing list -- which is where positions are usually listed and divided -- and moves them to a different website. Not all people move along, so it could fragmentise teams. A solution would be to let Ubuntu Wanted notify the mailing list on new positions or applications.
  • It should be made very clear that it is possible to have multiple roles. You don't have to limit yourself to one position.


Ubuntu Wanted isn't new, the Brainstorm idea was posted in June 2008 and it was discussed at UDS-J in Barcelona:


Chronologically ordered list of previous publications on Ubuntu Wanted

Mailing list discussions

This includes some mock-ups and theme work from MadsRH

The initial mailing list discussion:


Wiki pages

Libraries and projects in use

  • Django
  • django-openid
  • launchpadlib
  • lazr-js

Launchpad authentication flow-chart:

Flow-chart for the Launchpad authentication process

BoF agenda and discussion