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This page contains useful places to go in Ubuntu. Have a specific question? Browse the list of common questions or go back to the signpost. You can also see the list of answers to common Ubuntu questions.

IRC Destinations

IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is a network of chat rooms called channels. IRC is the primary means for real-time communication in Ubuntu. Please see the full list of IRC channels if the channel you want isn't here.

Channel: #ubuntu

#ubuntu is an IRC channel where you can ask about any problem using Ubuntu.

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Try to spend time solving a problem yourself before you ask other people for help.
If you follow this common courtesy, then it will not be an imposition when you ask for help.

To join #ubuntu, follow these steps:

  1. Install the following package: xchat

  2. Go to Applications > Internet > XChat IRC

  3. Choose "FreeNode" from the list of networks

  4. Click "Connect"
  5. Click Server > Join a Channel in the menu system
    (a channel is the name IRC gives to chat rooms)

  6. Type the name of the channel you want to join
    (channel names always begin with a #)

In this case, the name of the channel to join is #ubuntu

When you join the channel, ask your question immediately, in as much detail as possible. Don't ask whether you can ask your question - that's what the channel is for, and volunteers won't know whether they can answer a question until you've asked it. See Getting Answers for more tips on how to improve your chances of getting a useful answer.

When you have asked your question, you should wait at least two minutes for a reply. If your question isn't answered, then none of the volunteers know what the answer is. You might want to ask again in an hour or so, when new volunteers might be available.


Channel: #ubuntu-motu

#ubuntu-motu is an IRC channel where you can talk to Ubuntu MOTU developers.

To join #ubuntu-motu, follow these steps:

  1. Install the following package: xchat

  2. Go to Applications > Internet > XChat IRC

  3. Choose "FreeNode" from the list of networks

  4. Click "Connect"
  5. Click Server > Join a Channel in the menu system
    (a channel is the name IRC gives to chat rooms)

  6. Type the name of the channel you want to join
    (channel names always begin with a #)

In this case, the name of the channel to join is #ubuntu-motu

When you join the channel, wait a couple of minutes before speaking. If #ubuntu-motu is in the middle of a large discussion, you will see the conversation in progress. If you want to start a new conversation, you should wait until people are less distracted.

When you ask your question, do so in as much detail as possible. Don't ask whether you can ask your question - nobody can tell you whether they can answer a question until they've seen what the question is.


Channel: #ubuntu-bugs

#ubuntu-bugs is an IRC channel where you can get help writing a good bug report.

To join #ubuntu-bugs, follow these steps:

  1. Install the following package: xchat

  2. Go to Applications > Internet > XChat IRC

  3. Choose "FreeNode" from the list of networks

  4. Click "Connect"
  5. Click Server > Join a Channel in the menu system
    (a channel is the name IRC gives to chat rooms)

  6. Type the name of the channel you want to join
    (channel names always begin with a #)

In this case, the name of the channel to join is #ubuntu-bugs


Channel: #ubuntu-artwork

#ubuntu-artwork is an IRC channel where you can get help writing a good bug report.

To join #ubuntu-artwork, follow these steps:

  1. Install the following package: xchat

  2. Go to Applications > Internet > XChat IRC

  3. Choose "FreeNode" from the list of networks

  4. Click "Connect"
  5. Click Server > Join a Channel in the menu system
    (a channel is the name IRC gives to chat rooms)

  6. Type the name of the channel you want to join
    (channel names always begin with a #)

In this case, the name of the channel to join is #ubuntu-artwork


Channel: #ubuntu+1

#ubuntu+1 is an IRC channel where you can discuss the next (unreleased) version of Ubuntu.

To join #ubuntu+1, follow these steps:

  1. Install the following package: xchat

  2. Go to Applications > Internet > XChat IRC

  3. Choose "FreeNode" from the list of networks

  4. Click "Connect"
  5. Click Server > Join a Channel in the menu system
    (a channel is the name IRC gives to chat rooms)

  6. Type the name of the channel you want to join
    (channel names always begin with a #)

In this case, the name of the channel to join is #ubuntu+1


Channel: #ubuntu-beginners

#ubuntu-beginners is an IRC channel where you can talk to Ubuntu Beginners Team members who are ready to assist you with any questions you may have.

To join #ubuntu-beginners, follow these steps:

  1. Install the following package: xchat

  2. Go to Applications > Internet > XChat IRC

  3. Choose "FreeNode" from the list of networks

  4. Click "Connect"
  5. Click Server > Join a Channel in the menu system
    (a channel is the name IRC gives to chat rooms)

  6. Type the name of the channel you want to join
    (channel names always begin with a #)

In this case, the name of the channel to join is #ubuntu-beginners

When you join the channel, wait a couple of minutes before speaking. If #ubuntu-beginners is in the middle of a large discussion, you will see the conversation in progress. If you want to start a new conversation, you should wait until people are less distracted.

When you ask your question, do so in as much detail as possible. Don't ask whether you can ask your question - nobody can tell you whether they can answer a question until they've seen what the question is. Also, please be aware that people will not always be focused on the IRC channel and receiving an answer may take a bit of time. Your patience is appreciated.


Channel: #ubuntu-beginners-team

#ubuntu-beginners-team is an IRC channel where you can talk to Ubuntu Beginners Team members who are ready introduce you to the various methods of contributing.

To join #ubuntu-beginners-team, follow these steps:

  1. Install the following package: xchat

  2. Go to Applications > Internet > XChat IRC

  3. Choose "FreeNode" from the list of networks

  4. Click "Connect"
  5. Click Server > Join a Channel in the menu system
    (a channel is the name IRC gives to chat rooms)

  6. Type the name of the channel you want to join
    (channel names always begin with a #)

In this case, the name of the channel to join is #ubuntu-beginners-team

When you join the channel, wait a couple of minutes before speaking. If #ubuntu-beginners-team is in the middle of a large discussion, you will see the conversation in progress. If you want to start a new conversation, you should wait until people are less distracted.

If you are not sure how you want to contribute, join anyways. The members of the Ubuntu Beginners Team are willing to lead you through the process of finding which method is best for you.

Mailing list destinations

Mailing lists are an important means of delayed communication in Ubuntu. Please see the full listing of mailing lists if the one you want isn't here.

Mailing list: ubuntu-users

ubuntu-users is a mailing list for ordinary users to discuss Ubuntu issues.

To join ubuntu-users, sign up at the ubuntu-users info page.

There are also several other specialised community-support lists.

Before asking a question on the mailing list, read Getting Answers for tips on how to improve your chances of getting a useful answer.


Mailing list: ubuntu-devel-discuss

ubuntu-devel-discuss is a mailing list for discussing Ubuntu development issues.

To join ubuntu-devel-discuss, sign up at the ubuntu-devel-discuss info page.

There is also the main developer list.


Mailing list: ubuntu-motu

ubuntu-motu is a mailing list for maintaining the Ubuntu Universe repositories.

To join ubuntu-motu, sign up at the ubuntu-motu info page.


Mailing list: ubuntu-artwork

ubuntu-artwork is a mailing list for discussing art that will go into future versions of Ubuntu.

To join ubuntu-artwork, sign up at the ubuntu-artwork info page.


Mailing list: ubuntu-announce

ubuntu-announce is a mailing list where major announcements are made about the Ubuntu project.

To joun ubuntu-announce, sign up at the ubuntu-announce info page.

Forum destinations

The Ubuntu Forums are an important means of delayed communication in Ubuntu. Please see the main page if the forum you want isn't here.

To search the Ubuntu Forums archives, go to the search page

Ubuntu forum: Absolute beginner talk

Absolute beginner talk is a web forum for Ubuntu beginners to ask for help.

To search the Absolute beginner talk archives, go to the search page

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Try to spend time solving a problem yourself before you ask other people for help.
If you follow this common courtesy, then it will not be an imposition when you ask for help.

If you can't find your question in the archives, go to the main forum page. Before asking a question in the forum, check the sticky threads and read the tips on getting answers to improve your chances.


Ubuntu forum: General help

General help is a web forum for Ubuntu users to ask for help.

To search the General help archives, go to the search page

If you can't find your question in the archives, go to the main forum page. Before asking a question in the forum, check the sticky threads and read the tips on getting answers to improve your chances.


Ubuntu forum: Development and Programming

Development and Programming is a collection of forums for programmers to talk about Ubuntu programming issues.

To search the Development and Programming archives, go to the search page

If you can't find your question in the archives, go to the main forum page.

Web destinations

There are many Ubuntu websites where you can find help.

Website: Launchpad

Launchpad is the primary means for developing Ubuntu. Every Ubuntu project is represented this website. Launchpad includes several areas:


Website: Brainstorm

Ubuntu Brainstorm is the primary means for Ubuntu users to discuss and vote on new features they would like to see in Ubuntu.

To view, suggest, and vote on ideas, go to Brainstorm's main page.


Website: help.ubuntu.com

help.ubuntu.com (HUC) is the primary help resource for Ubuntu. The official section is an online copy of the help distributed with Ubuntu, while the community-maintained section is a publicly-editable wiki covering a wide range of help topics.

As well the search box in the top-right corner of the page, the community documentation has an advanced search page and a list of pages by title.


Website: Ubuntu MOTUs

Ubuntu MOTUs (Masters Of The Universe) are developers that look after the Universe and Multiverse repositories. MOTUs are community members who spend their time maintaining packages.

To learn more about the MOTUs, go to the MOTU Team page. To find out how to become a MOTU, go to the MOTU getting started page.


Website: Ubuntu Community Learning Project

The Ubuntu Community Learning Project is a community-driven attempt to help users learn Ubuntu. The project is quite young, and its main focus is currently on issues for new users. However, some resources for power users and new programmers are becoming available.

To see Ubuntu learning resources, go to the Learning Team page. This page will direct you to other learning resources.


Website: Ubuntu Beginners Team

The Ubuntu Beginners Team The Ubuntu Beginners Team exists to enhance the initial experience of new Ubuntu users and to guide existing Ubuntu users to become part of the global Ubuntu community. The Beginners Team help you get involved in the wonderful world of the Ubuntu Community. Whether you are a non-technical user or a power user the Ubuntu Community has a place where you can contribute and make a difference in Ubuntu. You can find out more by using the header section at the top of this page. Feel free to poke around by reading our Mission Statement, checking out what our Focus Groups are up to, and learning about our team structure.

To see Ubuntu learning resources, go to the Ubuntu Beginners Team. This page will direct you to other Beginners Team resources.


Website: Ubuntu Art Team

The Ubuntu Art Team creates all the art that goes into Ubuntu, including Ubuntu websites, programs, and CD covers.

To get started with the art team, go to the Artwork Team page, or have a look at the todo list.


Website: Ubuntu Documentation Team

The Ubuntu Documentation Team is the group of volunteers that look after Ubuntu's official documentation and help.ubuntu.com (HUC).

To join the documentation team, go to the Documentation Team page.


Website: Ubuntu BugSquad

The Ubuntu BugSquad is the group of volunteers that manage all the bugs in Ubuntu programs.

To join the BugSquad, go to the BugSquad Team page.


Website: The Fridge

The Fridge is the official information hub for the Ubuntu community. It discusses current events in the Ubuntu world.


Website: Ubuntu Screencasts

A series of Ubuntu Screencasts are available, demonstrating a variety of Ubuntu issues.

Other destinations

System Help and Support

Ubuntu comes with an extensive help system. It is an official part of the Ubuntu project, so information there is of a very high standard.

To use System Help and Support, go to System > Help and Support on your Ubuntu computer.


Useful Documentation

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