Q: To contribute do I need to run the current development release?

A: It’s the only way to guarantee your fixes and packages build and work as expected in the development release that is currently being worked on. UbuntuDevelopment/UsingDevelopmentReleases explains how to do this in a safe way.

Q: I’d like to meet with a couple of friends to have a go at fixing a few bugs. Do you have suggestions how to best do that?

A: Definitely. We call this a Bug Jam: RunningBugJam has more information about it. Also will Rick Harding give a session about it during Ubuntu Open Week (May 2nd, 19:00 UTC).

Q: I want to start contributing by fixing bugs. Where do I start?

A: Check out these pages. They contain lots of lists of bugs that need help. bitesize ones are probably the ones best to start with.

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