Getting involved

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In evolutionary biology, cooperation describes interactions where an individual pays a small cost to yield a larger benefit to one or more others. If this costly contribution is reciprocated, everyone involved can benefit tremendously. This principle also applies to proactive members of the Arch community wanting to get involved and contribute to their favorite Linux distribution. Their participation benefits not only the community member and their fellow Archers, but all users of free and open source software.

This article describes how both new and experienced Arch users can contribute to the community. Note that this is not an exhaustive list. Before contributing, please get accustomed with the Code of conduct.

Community

Post on the forums

One of the easiest ways to get involved is participating in the Arch Linux Forums, which allow getting to know the community and help new users.

Improve this wiki

ArchWiki is a collaboratively maintained Arch Linux documentation. All users are encouraged to contribute.

Join the chatroom

You can help other users solve problems on the IRC channel. It is of vital importance however, that you read the channel rules before participating. Further channels are available for specific topics.

Packaging

Report installed packages

pkgstats provides a systemd timer that sends a list of the packages installed on your system, along with the architecture and the mirrors you use, to the Arch Linux developers in order to help them prioritize their efforts and make the distribution even better. The information is sent anonymously and cannot be used to identify you. You can view the collected data at the Statistics page. More information is available in this forum thread.

Fix and report bugs

Reporting and fixing bugs on the bug tracker is one of the possible ways to help the community.

However, ineffective use can be counter-productive. Please read the Reporting bug guidelines.

Inform about security issues

New vulnerabilites are found all the time. Help the Arch Security Team keep track of new vulnerabilities.

Help test packages

Packages on the testing repositories need to be tried out and signed off before they are promoted to the main repositories. Help the Arch Testing Team test new packages.

Create and adopt AUR packages

The Arch User Repository contains community-made package scripts, allowing users to easily install software not part of the official repositories. Popular packages get included into the official community repository.

aurphan can help you identify orphaned packages you use, so that you can adopt them.

Software projects

The Arch Linux distribution comprises of many components, such as the package manager pacman, the archlinux.org website (archweb), or the supporting system for the Arch User Repository (aurweb). Each of these projects can be contributed to individually.

See DeveloperWiki:Projects for an overview of team members, communication channels and used programming languages. The projects themselves are hosted with git on git.archlinux.org.

You can find out how to help sustaining server costs on the official Arch Linux donate page.

Unofficial projects

Note: Entries listed here are not part of the Arch Linux project.

Arch's community maintains many projects. Feel free to include yours!

Groups

Arch-specific groups that you can engage in.

ArchMap
The ArchMap project creates a map of Arch Linux users all over the world.
ArchAudio
A third-party package repository and online discussion board for Arch Linux pro-audio users.
Arch Linux Subreddit
Place for reddit users to discuss Arch related issues.
International communities
Local communities and meet-up places for users.
Arch Women
Group with the intention of resolving possible hurdles for female Arch users (forum thread).
LinkedIn Group
Arch Linux group for users and professionals.

Software

Community-developed software that focuses on Arch Linux.

Arch User Repository
A large community-driven repository for Arch users.
Unofficial user repositories
Unofficial binary repositories maintained by community members.

Other

Xyne's Arch Linux Projects
A trusted user's arch-related projects.

FAQ

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Notes: Little point in separating these sections. The FAQ entry can be linked from this article. (Discuss in Talk:Getting involved#)

How can I become an Arch Developer?

The main motivation for your work on Arch should be helping the whole community, and not simply trying to become an Arch developer by any means.

Usually, new developers are picked by the existing developers as the workload increases. Sometimes they post a position and you can apply to fill it, but more often, they just invite somebody they know would be good at it and would fit in well with the rest of the team. Having a portfolio of Arch contributions is the best way to make it on the team.

Here is a list of things that you may do in order to gain some "popularity" towards Arch's developers:

  • Establish a reputation as being helpful by offering assistance whenever possible.
  • Answer questions on the forum, IRC, and mailing lists.
  • Join the Trusted Users to gain packaging experience to show your skills.
  • Submit packages to the AUR.
  • Join one of the offshoot projects that may be incorporated into Arch mainstream someday, or start your own.
  • Work on pacman, makepkg or other Arch projects and submit patches to the bug tracker.
  • Traverse the bug tracker and fix existing bugs.
  • Find and submit new bugs.
  • Fix wiki errors, add new pages, clean up existing pages, and make sure the procedures are up-to-date.
  • Submit translations.

How can I become a Trusted User?

Please read Trusted Users#How do I become a TU?.

What can I do as an artist?

Feel free to share wallpapers, splash screens, color palettes, widgets, themes, etc. with the community on the art subforum.

See also Arch Linux Art.