I recently reached out to Cody Smith who is a long time contributor to the Ubuntu Oregon LoCo. He has ran an Ubuntu Hour nearly every Friday for last couple of years and his passion for Free Software and getting people involved is contagious.
Benjamin: When did you first start contributing to Ubuntu and what was the motivation?
Cody: I started contributing around 2012 with bug reports, byte-size bug-fixes, and getting more people using Ubuntu (and Linux in general), my motivation was me wanting to give back to such a great community, and be a part of making Ubuntu better in any way I could.
Benjamin: Can you tell me more about yourself?
Getting involved is easy, all you have to do is read our Development Guide, particularly these chapters will help you a lot: Introduction to Ubuntu Development, Getting Set Up and How to fix a bug in Ubuntu. Next…
Find something to work on
We run regular bug fixing initiatives, where you can get started on hand-selected bugs and point out other ways to find bugs to get started with.
Get in touch
There are many different ways to contact Ubuntu developers and get your questions answered. Don’t be shy and get to know us.
Be interactive and reach us immediately: talk to us in #ubuntu-motu on irc.freenode.net.
Follow mailing lists and get involved in the discussions: ubuntu-devel-announce (announce only, low traffic), ubuntu-devel (high-level discussions), ubuntu-devel-discuss (fairly general developer discussions).