Contributing is open to anyone, this is Free Software! If you are curious and willing to join, there are things you can do, depending on your time and skills; you will always find someone to welcome and help/mentor you if needed so that your contribution to the project can be as good as it can be!
Check what you could do below!
How much free time do you have? and how much of it do you want to commit to Mageia? See what you can do:
You have a taste for practical, clear, concise, proofread, nice writing? You like to take the challenge of explaining clearly complex ideas or systems and teaching others? You know how to mix form & content to push the right message? Get in touch with our Documentation team!
Mageia is localized in more than 180 languages! Clarifying, completing, improving translations of software, guides, tutorials, Web sites, marketing material, etc. happens thanks to the effort of so many contributors. Join them!
Bugs happen! And some get reported. So, logically they need to be triaged to make the task of the packagers/developers fixing them easier: validation (is the bug reproducible?), collecting the needed debugging info from the reporter, assigning the report properly. Grow the Triage team and be the link between users who report bugs in the forums or mailing-lists, and the Mageia Bugzilla used by developers.
We can't ship software if we are not confident it works well! Testers and QA people make sure what we do (software, packages, ISO's, Web sites) match our expectations for quality before they reach users.
Better understanding of who uses and contributes to the project to help them even more, making sure the Mageia voice is consistent and heard, that's a job for the marcomm team (Marketing and Communication), on both global and local scales.
Software isn't only about code neither is Mageia only about technology. So make it human, practical and beautiful! If you have a talent and experience in graphic design, ergonomics join the artwork team!
Contribute to the core of the distribution with your technical skills! Adding, fixing, patching and maintaining software to be included in the distribution, from upstream projects or from Mageia-specific sources. Join the Packagers team!
Mageia depends on infrastructure and tools that enable everyone to collaborate. These need experts to build, maintain, develop, provide and manage servers, connections, security, applications, data flow, etc. It takes from system administrators to Web designers/developers/integrators to manage this huge task.
Making all the software provided by Mageia available requires several mirrors around the world, to distribute ISO's and software packages. If you have some disk space and bandwidth to share, please see how you can provide an official Mageia mirror.
Financial donations help us allocate specific tasks, secure our infrastructure, fund events, goodies & transportation. 200+ persons already expressed their trust in us with their money, hardware or other resources. We keep a public record of what we get and how we use it.
There are tons of data out there, most of which we don't use, or even know about. If you like to grab and analyze data to reveal & visualize it to spot what we can do even better, get in touch!
Ideas are great, actionable prototypes are even better. The Mageia project is not only about making a different Linux distribution but also about building new products and experiences with it and with the data around it.