It’s no secret anymore, we want apps in Ubuntu. Big app, small apps, shiny apps, cute apps, apps that play a catchy tune while avian avengers explode porcine poachers. You name it, we want it in Ubuntu. And we need your help getting them.
It doesn’t matter if you’re not a programmer, there are plenty of programmers in the world, and they’re making all kinds of really cool apps that you want, that I want, that we all want. But they’re not putting them in Ubuntu, and that’s why I need your help.
You see I’m just one person, and with David Planella we’ve got, well, two people. Now, two people can find an awful lot of apps on the internet, that’s true. Especially when that’s part of your job. But even still that would hardly amount to a drop in the bucket of apps that have been made. And we’re not happy with just a drop in the bucket, are you?
No, of course you’re not. So right about now you’re probably thinking of a bunch of cool apps you’ve used or seen or read about recently (and if you weren’t before, you certainly are now, aren’t you). And you may be wondering how you can help us get them into the Ubuntu Software Center. Well wonder no more my friend, because we have a Trello board.
Not terribly impressive, I’ll admit, but it is terribly useful. You see, David and I will be contacting each and every one of these app developers about submitting their apps to the Software Center, and moving the card from column to column as that conversation progresses. And while we have a nice long “To Contact” list right now, it’s not going to stay that way without your help.
We’re opening up this board to anybody who wants to add new upstream apps for us to contact. All you need to do is follow David’s instructions on this wiki page to get started. It’s quick, mostly painless, and best of all you get to start telling us what to do (at least a little bit).
But wait! There’s more! Didn’t I say we were just two people? There’s no way we could contact all these upstreams on our own. And hey, you’ve just signed up to join the Trello board (you did do that, right?), which means you can start contacting them too, and moving their cards, and make Ubuntu even better. We’ve even created a reusable email template that you can use for that initial contact.
If you contact one of the app developers, make sure you move their card to the “Conversation Started” column, assign it to yourself, and add comments about who you contacted and any other relevant information. This of course requires that you joined the board, which you definitely should do if you are going to be working on this. And please note that is says “Started”, not “Finished”. Once you contact the developer, keep that line of communication open and help them through the process of submitting their app. If you get to a point where you can’t help them, let David or I know and we’ll be happy to pick it up.