As some of you will be aware, we have working on a project called Ubuntu Accomplishments in recent months. We are making good progress with the project and are working to our 0.3 release. The goals of this release will be:

  • Assure quality and stability in the platform.
  • Provide the ability to publish your accomplishments online.
  • Expand our range of accomplishments.
  • Expand and improve the documentation for our accomplishments.
  • Provide a greater breadth of translations coverage.

As we head towards these goals we are looking for volunteers to join the project and help make the magic happen. We are a very open and welcoming community, friendly and personal, and as such a fun place to get involved if you are looking for an Open Source project to join. We are very welcome to new-comers, so if this would be your first project, come and join us!

The goal of Ubuntu Accomplishments is to provide an awesome way in which new and existing community members can explore and learn how to participate as well as making it easier for our users to discover how to use different parts of their computers.

We are on an exciting journey, and I would love to encourage you to join us.

Who can Help?

If your interest is piqued, we can definitely find something you can do to help the project. Some examples:

  • Programmers – we are very much in need of folks who can help contribute code to the project. Ubuntu Accomplishments is written in Python and you can find out more about how to contribute here, which includes our hacking guide, and all the details for getting up and running.
  • Documentation Writers – we need folks to help create documentation for our growing family of accomplishments. If you have a knowledge of the community and of Ubuntu, this is a great way to help! Find out how to help here.
  • Translators – we are always looking for people to help translate not only the core system, but also all the documentation in the accomplishments. All you need to know is how to use Launchpad a little and know a second language. Find out how to help here.
  • Testers – as we continue to grow and evolve our code-base, we are looking for daily testers who can help us to ensure we are resolving and fixing defects in the project. To help here you just need to be using the bleeding edge code and performing regular tests and reporting bugs and issues with it. Find out how to help here.
  • Support – as our user community continues to grow, we are looking for folks to come and help answer questions, resolve issues, and grow our body of knowledge about the project. To help here you just need to know about how Ubuntu Accomplishments works and be able to answer questions and resolve our user’s issues. To find out how to help, click here

You can also help by creating new accomplishments for the system (more details of how to do that here) and I will be following up with a post about this soon.

How do I get Started?

First choose which area you are interested in and click the links above to find more details of how to get involved.

We would also like to invite you to our fortnightly team meetings. The next one takes place tomorrow, Thursday 26th July 2012 in #ubuntu-meeting on freenode at 6pm UTC / 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern. I hope you can join us!

You can also join us in our IRC channel in #ubuntu-accomplishments on freenode and join our mailing list.

If you have any questions, such as how to get started, how to learn what you need to contribute, what to work on, or anything else, feel free to come and join us in the IRC channel our mailing list, or feel free to ask questions in the comments here.

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