Contributing to Gentoo

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Users are welcome to contribute to Gentoo, even those who are new! User contributions make help Gentoo run smoothly; there is always room for improvement!

There are many different topics for you to explore; thus, a question for you: What are you interested in?

Those who are interested in becoming a Gentoo developer can start contributing in one of the areas listed below. Developers will see your efforts standing out among other community members (it's good to have a track record of ways you've contributed).

Support the community

You can help users in various support mediums:

Document useful information

Gentoo Wiki gathers information about Gentoo and the hardware and software that it runs; you are welcome to add and edit articles:

Those who'd like to get involved in documentation should take a look at the Contributor's Guide and the Wiki Guidelines.

Report and resolve bugs

Gentoo Bugzilla is where we track bugs of Gentoo and its packages; you are welcome to report, confirm and resolve bugs:

Maintain and test packages

The Gentoo tree is the heart of Gentoo; it is important to keep it alive and kicking, that's why contributions to it are very valuable.

If you want to do occasional commits to either the Gentoo tree or an overlay, or become a Gentoo Developer; writing ebuilds is what makes building and installing using a package manager possible on a Gentoo system.

After the first steps, you can learn more in our Development Guide.

When you want to add a new package, update an existing one or find new packages to contribute to; these resources are for you:

See also

Bugday - A day each month devoted to improving Gentoo in all aspects.