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[[!meta title="Contributing to Tails"]]

There are many ways you can contribute to Tails. No effort is too
small and whatever you bring to this community will be appreciated.
So read on to find out how you can make a difference in Tails.

<div class="contribute-roles-1">
<h2>Share your experience</h2>
<div class="contribute-role" id="user">
  [[!img user.png link=no]]
  <p>Every user can help others or provide developers with useful information.</p>
  <ul>
    <li>[[Report bugs|doc/first_steps/bug_reporting]]</li>
    <li>[[Test experimental ISO images|contribute/how/testing]]</li>
    <li>[[Provide input to developers|contribute/how/input]]</li>
    <li>[[Help other Tails users|contribute/how/help]]</li>
  </ul>
</div>
</div>

<div class="contribute-roles-1">
<h2>Donate</h2>
<div class="contribute-role" id="donate">
  [[!img donate.png link=no]]
  <p>Donating speeds up the development of Tails.</p>
  <ul>
    <li><a href="https://tails.boum.org/donate/?r=contribute">Make a donation</a></li>
  </ul>
</div>
</div>

<div class="contribute-roles-3">
<h2>Contribute your language skills</h2>
<div class="contribute-role" id="content-writer">
  <h3>Writer</h3>
  [[!img writer.png link=no]]
  <p>Good writers can make Tails accessible to more people.</p>
  <ul>
    <li>[[Improve documentation|contribute/how/documentation]]</li>
    <li>[[Write press releases|contribute/how/promote]]</li>
  </ul>
</div>
<div class="contribute-role" id="translator">
  <h3>Translator</h3>
  [[!img translator.png link=no]]
  <p>Translators can allow more people around the world to use Tails.</p>
  <ul>
    <li>[[Improve Tails in your own language|contribute/how/translate]]</li>
  </ul>
</div>
<div class="contribute-role" id="speaker">
  <h3>Speaker</h3>
  [[!img speaker.png link=no]]
  <p>Speakers can advocate Tails to all kinds of public.</p>
  <ul>
    <li>[[Talk at events|contribute/how/promote]]</li>
  </ul>
</div>
</div>

<div class="contribute-roles-3">
<h2>Contribute your computer skills</h2>
<div class="contribute-role" id="developer">
  <h3>Developer or maintainer</h3>
  [[!img software_developer.png link=no]]
  <p>Software people with very diverse skills can improve Tails.</p>
  <ul>
    <li>[[Work on the source code|contribute/how/code]]</li>
    <li>[[Improve Tails by working on Debian|contribute/how/debian]]</li>
  </ul>
</div>
<div class="contribute-role" id="sysadmin">
  <h3>System administrator</h3>
  [[!img system_administrator.png link=no]]
  <p>System administrators can contribute to the infrastructure behind Tails.</p>
  <ul>
    <li>[[Run a HTTP mirror|contribute/how/mirror]]</li>
    <li>[[Improve Tails infrastructure|contribute/how/sysadmin]]</li>
  </ul>
</div>
<div class="contribute-role" id="designer">
  <h3>Designer</h3>
  [[!img designer.png link=no]]
  <p>Designers can make Tails easier to use and more appealing.</p>
  <ul>
    <li>[[Improve the website|contribute/how/website]]</li>
    <li>[[Design graphics|contribute/how/graphics]]</li>
    <li>[[Improve the Tails user experience|contribute/how/user_experience]]</li>
  </ul>
</div>
</div>

<div class="toc">

	<h1>Table of contents</h1>

	<ol>
		<li class="L2"><a href="#reference-documents">Reference documents</a></li>
		<li class="L2"><a href="#tools">Tools for contributors</a></li>
		<li class="L2"><a href="#mentors">Mentors & guidance for new contributors</a></li>
		<li class="L2"><a href="#release-cycle">Release cycle</a></li>
		<li class="L2"><a href="#upstream">Relationship with upstream</a></li>
		<li class="L2"><a href="#collective-process">Collective process</a></li>
		<li class="L2"><a href="#talk">Talk with us</a></li>
	</ol>

</div> <!-- .toc -->

<div class="note">

This section is only in English, because there is currently no way to
contribute to Tails if you do not understand English.

</div>

<a id="reference-documents"></a>

Reference documents
===================

  - [[Design documents|contribute/design]]
  - [[Blueprints|blueprint]] to help structuring ideas for future improvements
  - [[Merge policy|contribute/merge_policy]]
  - [[!tails_website contribute/how/promote/material/logo desc="Logo"]]
  - [[Personas|contribute/personas]]

<a id="tools"></a>

Tools for contributors
======================

  - Source code: [[Git repositories|contribute/git]]
  - [[!tails_roadmap desc="Roadmap"]]
  - [[Redmine bug tracker|contribute/working_together/Redmine]]
    - [[Starter tasks|starter_tasks]] for new contributors
    - [Tasks](https://redmine.tails.boum.org/code/projects/tails/issues)
      can be filtered by type of work (see links in the sidebar)
  - [[Building a Tails image|contribute/build]]
    - [[Build a local copy of the website|contribute/build/website]]
    - [[Customize Tails|contribute/customize]]
    - [Nightly ISO builds](http://nightly.tails.boum.org)
  - Debian packages
    - [[APT repository|contribute/APT_repository]], to store our custom Debian packages
    - How we manage and upgrade the [[Linux kernel|contribute/Linux_kernel]].
  - [[Glossary for contributors|contribute/glossary]]

<a id="mentors"></a>

Mentors & guidance for new contributors
=======================================

Once you have found a first [[Starter task|starter_tasks]] to work on,
you might need some guidance.

Here is a list of mentors who can help with
specific tasks. Feel free to talk to them if you plan to work on anything related to their
field of expertise, for example
by assigning them tickets on Redmine or <a href="#talk">talking to us</a>
using the usual communication channels.

  - AppArmor: intrigeri, jvoisin, u
  - Build system (Vagrant, Rake): anonym
  - Debian related work: intrigeri, u
  - Documentation: BitingBird, sajolida
  - *Onion Circuits*: alan
  - *OpenPGP Applet*: nodens
  - Persistence setup: intrigeri, kurono
  - Sysadmin: [[contact|contribute/how/sysadmin/#contact]]
  - *Tails Greeter*: alan, intrigeri
  - *Tails Installer*: alan, kurono, u
  - *Tails Upgrader*: intrigeri
  - *Tails Verification*: sajolida, anonym
  - Test suite: anonym
  - *Thunderbird* (Icedove): anonym
  - Tor configuration, time syncing, MAC spoofing: anonym
  - *Tor Browser*: anonym
  - Usability: sajolida, tchou
  - *Unsafe Web Browser*: anonym
  - Website: sajolida
  - *WhisperBack*: alan

<a id="release-cycle"></a>

Release cycle
=============

  - [[Release schedule|contribute/release_schedule]]
  - [[Release process|contribute/release_process]]
    - [[Manual test suite|contribute/release_process/test]]
    - [[Automated test suite|contribute/release_process/test/automated_tests]]

<a id="upstream"></a>

Relationship with upstream and derivatives
==========================================

  - [[Relationship with upstream|contribute/relationship_with_upstream]]
  - [[Improve Tails by working on Debian|contribute/how/debian]]
  - [[About creating Tails derivatives|contribute/derivatives]]

<a id="collective-process"></a>

Collective process
==================

  - [[Calendar|contribute/calendar]] of releases, meetings, working sessions, etc.
  - [[Code of conduct|contribute/working_together/code_of_conduct]]
  - [[Social contract|contribute/working_together/social_contract]]
  - [[Contributors meetings|contribute/meetings]], and minutes from past meetings
  - [[Sponsorship to attend events|contribute/sponsorship_to_attend_events]]
  - [[Marking a task as Starter|contribute/working_together/criteria_for_starter_tasks]]
  - [[Document progress|contribute/working_together/document_progress]]
  - Roles
    - [[Accounting team|contribute/working_together/roles/accounting]]
    - [[Debian maintainer|contribute/working_together/roles/debian_maintainer]]
    - [[Foundations team|contribute/working_together/roles/foundations_team]]
    - [[Help desk|contribute/working_together/roles/help_desk]]
    - Sponsor deliverables:
      - [[Team manager|contribute/working_together/roles/sponsor_deliverables/team_manager]]
      - [[Worker|contribute/working_together/roles/sponsor_deliverables/worker]]
    - [[Release manager|contribute/working_together/roles/release_manager]]
    - [[Ticket gardener|contribute/working_together/roles/ticket_gardener]]
    - [[Sysadmins|contribute/working_together/roles/sysadmins]]
    - [[Technical writer|contribute/working_together/roles/technical_writer]]
    - [[Test suite maintainers|contribute/working_together/roles/test_suite]]
    - [[UX designer|contribute/working_together/roles/ux]]
    - [[Verification extension
      maintainers|contribute/working_together/roles/verification_extension]]
  - [[Reports sent to sponsors|contribute/reports]]

<a id="talk"></a>

Talk with us
============

To talk to other Tails contributors, subscribe to
[[the relevant mailing lists|about/contact]].