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gNewSense has a strong community that is ready to help you. Because users and contributors span the globe, a key element to the project is communication. IRC and mailing lists provide quick and easy ways to communicate.

Interacting with the Community

Try to abide by our community guidelines, if you are unsure what they mean feel free to ask for clarification.

Helping Yourself

Before seeking help from others, please take a little time to review the huge variety of self-help resources that are available. Check out the gNewSense FAQ and Documentation. If you are already using gNewSense, man and info pages provide a lot of useful information. You can access these by using the man and info commands. For example, to use man to learn about apt-get, you would use:

man apt-get

Press q to quit.

To read the info pages on gcc, you can use:

info gcc

Press q to quit.

There are a number of other documents available on your system under the documentation folder at /usr/share/doc/.

While these commands work from a terminal, other easy-to-use tools are also available. Check the menus for your desktop and programs. Don't forget to check the gNewSense Documentation .

Providing Feedback to Developers

If you believe you have found a bug, please fill it in the Bugs page

The gnewsense-users mailing list is the place for most questions.

Development discussions happen in the gNewSense development mailing list, gnewsense-dev, and we encourage community users and developers interested in gNewSense to participate there. You can post in this list for development-related discussions that are not straight-forward bug reports or feature requests. This is not a suitable place to ask general questions.

Mailing lists are special email addresses which send email to all users who have subscribed to them. Sending an email to a mailing list reaches all users interested in discussing a specific topic and users who are available to help other users with that topic.

To subscribe to a mailing list, follow the appropriate link below and fill out the subscription form. The mailing lists are hosted at http://lists.nongnu.org/mailman/listinfo.

NOTE Certain etiquette is required to help mailing lists work efficiently and smoothly. See our guidelines for specific points to follow while using gNewSense mailing lists.

Mailing Lists

All our lists hosted on savannah can be found here: https://savannah.nongnu.org/mail/?group=gnewsense

Help on Mailing Lists

If your not familiar with subscribing to mailing lists, skim through the HelpOnMailingLists page to get acquainted.




Translation and Local Communities

All lists are @nongnu.org (apart from italian one which is @gnu.org).


IRC, or Internet Relay Chat, is a real-time, text-based form of communication. You can have conversations with multiple people in an open channel or chat with someone privately one to one.

To talk to other gNewSense participants, log onto the freenode IRC network.

NOTE You may be required to register your user nickname (nick) and identify with that nick. Otherwise, you may not be able to join or be heard on the IRC channel. There is a page describing how to register your nick at freenode.net.

To learn how to use IRC, refer to the IRC Tutorial at irchelp.org and IRC HowTo .

Offical gNewSense IRC Channels on irc.freenode.net

Main gNewSense user channel:

Main gNewSense english developers channel:

Local communities channels:

We invite you to drop in and say hi.

Community Websites

There are many great community websites beyond the gNewSense project that may be of interest to you.

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Main/JoingNewSense (last edited 2013-08-30 20:53:14 by FelipeLopez)