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Helping the GNU Project and the Free Software Movement

For general questions about the GNU project, mail <gnu@gnu.org> and for questions and suggestions about this web site, mail <webmasters@gnu.org>.

Help develop the GNU operating system

If you want to volunteer to work on GNU software, see how to volunteer.

Please let the GNU Volunteer Coordinators <gvc@gnu.org> know if you start a new package that you found in those lists. We want to keep track of what tasks are being worked on.

When writing software for GNU, please follow the GNU Coding Standards and Information for Maintainers of GNU Software documents.

We are sometimes offered software which already does substantially the same task as an existing GNU package. Although of course we appreciate all offers, we'd naturally like to encourage programmers to spend their time writing free software to do new jobs, not already-solved ones. So, before starting a new program, please check the Free Software Directory for free software that does the job already.

We can offer some resources to help GNU software developers.

The GNU Volunteer Coordinators <gvc@gnu.org> can assist you if you would like to help development GNU software. They will be able to put you in touch with other people interested in or working on similar projects. When you have selected a task from our task lists, please let them know you're interested in working on it.

Volunteer with and donate to the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation is the principal organizational sponsor of the GNU Operating System. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of software freedom.

Like GNU, the FSF also gets a lot of its strength from volunteers. It's a great place to volunteer and a great community to join, especially if you don't have the technical background to contribute directly to free software development. Check out the FSF's volunteering page to get started or the homepage to learn more about the organization.

Support the FSF and the GNU Project financially by becoming an FSF associate member, donating to the FSF, purchasing manuals, t-shirts, stickers, and gear from the FSF, or by selling free software and donating some of the proceeds to the FSF or another free software organization. By funding development, you can advance the world of free software.

Spread awareness about GNU and the Free Software Movement

Help support GNU development and use

This list is ordered roughly with the more urgent items near the top. Please note that many things on this list link to larger, expanded lists.

Help improve h-node.org

h-node.org is a repository that contains information about how well particular hardware works with free software.

Help is needed in:

For other ways to help, see https://h-node.org/wiki/page/en/Main-Page. For communicating with h-node.org users/developers, use their mailing lists.

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