After the release, I got some time to get my hands around the running projects we have at the Lubuntu team. Some people have sporadically contributed to the manual and, in some point in time, I was a bit lost about where we were and what was going on.
We will hopefully have dedicated graphs to depend on our manual by the end of the week, but the texts still need a lot of revisions. We must adapt the core of the manual to our own circumstances. This methodology will allow us to get things running, but there is a big concern rising with this, which is something I really wish to fix as soon as possible:
I have noticed most teams have crossed certain difficulties to get more people contributing and that brings extreme tough times as release dates come around. I remember to be bothering constantly the same two guys from the release team to fill in the release notes, even though they were super busy with the bug squashing. Of course, this reality repeats abroad other teams, even though the circumstances might be different. However, I find it a bit stressful to work (mainly) alone in the Wiki and I admit there are some tasks that I sure cannot deliver alone. The manual is the best example. But the Wiki also needs a huge load of work, including a group discussion to make it more useful to the community itself.
In the end, this is a call to action by many Lubuntu users that can spend some of their free time contributing back at the community, which we desperately need for many reasons. It has become the most stressful part of the task, specially when we want people to keep contributing on a regular base. There is no point in getting 500 contributions out of nowhere, if they do not stay engaged with the community. And the most annoying part is that there are a lot of people benefiting our distribution, due to the fact that nobody likes to have their computer lurking around the house – so they install Lubuntu and use it for different purposes (some even for business!).
So far the experience has been extremely positive but the community needs to join forces and find incentives for people to get involved with us. We serve a purpose, we have a mission and a goal. Regardless of the technological evolution, old computers will always exist, so this distribution is needed. Therefore, one cannot deny we should have more regular contributors. If we compare it with Ubuntu, Lubuntu has a more defined structure community and is not on a free-will base. You can find specific tasks, plans and guides to walk you through and you can communicate with us frequently, since our core of contributors is very active.
You should get involved. Yes, you, even if you don’t use Lubuntu. This community is fun and you can always explore your horizons and knowledge, since you will understand that achieving great things under handicaps is not easy and you will only succeed if you bring your A-game on board!
Thank you for reading.