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<h2>Helping the GNU Project and the Free Software Movement</h2>
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Saying no to the use of a nonfree program or an online
disservice <a href="/philosophy/saying-no-even-once.html">on
even one occasion</a> helps the cause of software freedom.  Saying no
to using it <em>with others</em> helps even more.  And if you tell
them it is for defense of your freedom, that helps even more.

Beyond that, you can also help by volunteering to do work.  This page
lists many kinds of work we need.

<address>For general questions about the GNU project,
mail <a href="mailto:gnu@gnu.org"><gnu@gnu.org></a> and for
questions and suggestions about this web site,
mail <a href="mailto:webmasters@gnu.org"><webmasters@gnu.org></a>.

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<h3 class="no-display">Table of Contents</h3>
  <li><a href="#develop">Help develop the GNU operating system</a></li>
  <li><a href="#helpgnu">Help support GNU development and use</a></li>
  <li><a href="#awareness">Spread awareness about GNU and the Free Software Movement</a></li>
  <li><a href="#hnode">Help improve h-node.org</a></li>
  <li><a href="#fsf">Volunteer with and donate to the Free Software Foundation</a></li>
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<p>For general questions about the GNU project,
mail <a href="mailto:gnu@gnu.org"><gnu@gnu.org></a> and for
questions and suggestions about this web site,
mail <a href="mailto:webmasters@gnu.org"><webmasters@gnu.org></a>.</p>

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<h3 id="develop">Help develop the GNU operating system</h3>

    <li id="documentation">Write
   free <a href="/philosophy/free-doc.html"> manuals and other
   documentation</a> for GNU software.</li>

    <li>Propose your useful software packages as GNU packages.  See
    the <a href="/help/evaluation.html">GNU software evaluation</a>

    <li>Write a Firefox extension that will replace the nonfree Javascript
    code of some useful web site (when that nonfree code is blocked
    by LibreJS).  Please see our <a href="/help/help-javascript.html">
    guidelines and suggestions</a>.</li>

    <li>Do one of the <a href="/help/priority-projects.html">GNU
    High Priority Enhancement Projects</a>.</li>

    <li>The <a href="http://savannah.gnu.org/people/?type_id=1">GNU href="https://savannah.gnu.org/people/?type_id=1">GNU
    Help Wanted</a> list is the general task list for GNU software
    packages.  You might also consider taking over one of the <a
    href="/server/takeaction.html#unmaint">unmaintained GNU

    <li>There are
    other <a href="http://savannah.gnu.org/people/?group=tasklist">projects href="https://savannah.gnu.org/people/?group=tasklist">projects
    that would be good to do</a>.</li>

    <li>Work on a project on the <a
    href="https://www.fsf.org/campaigns/priority.html">FSF's list of
    very important free software projects</a>.</li>

    <li>Improve <a href="/accessibility/accessibility.html">accessibility
    of free software</a>.</li>

    <li>If you are a student, and you must do a software development
    project, contribute it to GNU. See <a 
    href="/philosophy/university.html">how to make the university let 
    you release it as free software</a>.</li>

<p>If you want to volunteer to work on GNU software,
see <a href="/software/tasklist/howto-volunteer.html"> how to

<p>Please let the GNU Volunteer
Coordinators <a href="mailto:gvc@gnu.org"><gvc@gnu.org></a>
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.</p>

<p>When writing software for GNU, please follow the <a
href="/prep/standards/">GNU Coding Standards</a> and <a
href="/prep/maintain/">Information for Maintainers of GNU
Software</a> documents.</p>

<p>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 <a
href="https://directory.fsf.org/">Free Software Directory</a> for
free software that does the job already.</p>

<p>We can offer <a href="/software/devel.html">some
resources</a> to help GNU software developers.</p>

<p>The GNU Volunteer
Coordinators <a href="mailto:gvc@gnu.org"><gvc@gnu.org></a> 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.</p>

<h3 id="helpgnu">Help support GNU development and use</h3>
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.
    <li>Help with <a href="http://savannah.gnu.org">Savannah</a>. href="https://savannah.gnu.org">Savannah</a>. We are
    especially looking for technical sysadmin volunteers to help with
    underlying infrastructure support.  Volunteers to help with pending
    project submissions are also very welcome.  Please see this <a
    information on how to become a savannah hacker</a>.  Please
    communicate with us on the <a
    mailing list.</li>

    <li>Organize a new <a href="http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Group_list">GNU/Linux href="https://libreplanet.org/wiki/Group_list">GNU/Linux
    User Group</a>.</li>

    <li>Volunteer as a GNU Webmaster.  Start by completing the 
    <a href="http://www.gnu.org/server/standards/webmaster-quiz.html"> href="/server/standards/webmaster-quiz.html">
    webmaster quiz</a>.</li>

    <li id="helptranslations">Translate the GNU Web site into other
    languages.  Each translation team needs several members that are native 
    speakers of the target language (and fluent in English), but it also needs 
    at least one member that is a native speaker of English (and fluent in the 
    target language.)  More information about the issue can be found at the
    <a href="/server/standards/README.translations.html">Guide to Translating 
    the www.gnu.org Web Pages</a>.  Write to <a
    if you want to help.</li>

    <li id="english-proofreaders">We need native English speakers with a
    good command of the language to proofread English text written by GNU 
    package maintainers and other volunteers. These texts can be articles
    on various subjects related to free software, documentation, or 
    sometimes GNU manuals that need to be prepared for printing. To help 
    with this task, please subscribe to the low-traffic <a
    documentation proofreaders list</a>.</li>

    <li>When you are talking with people that don't value freedom and
    community, you can show them the many practical advantages of free
    software (see <a href="http://www.dwheeler.com/oss_fs_why.html">Why href="//dwheeler.com/oss_fs_why.html">Why
    Open Source / Free Software? Look at the Numbers!</a> for some
    useful evidence).  But keep mentioning the ethical issues too!
    Don't let their pressure change your voice into an open-source voice.</li>

    <li>Make sure that essays
    from our <a href="/philosophy/philosophy.html">philosophy section</a>
    and other GNU URLs are linked to often in the appropriate categories.
    If you'd like to help us with this task, please contact the
    GNU Volunteer Coordinators
    <a href="mailto:gvc@gnu.org"><gvc@gnu.org></a>.

    <li>Donate <a href="/help/help-hardware.html">hardware</a> to the

    <li>Take on one of the <a href="/server/tasks.html">jobs</a> we need
    done for this <a href="/server/server.html">web server</a>.</li>

    <li id="ServiceDirectory">If you or your company work
    supporting or developing free software in some way, you can list
    yourself (or your company) in the <a href="/prep/service.html">
    Service Directory</a>.</li>

    <li>If you run a company that needs to hire people to work with free
    software, you can advertise on our <a
    href="https://www.fsf.org/resources/jobs/">Free Software Job

    <li>Volunteer to contact companies and suggest that they use our
    <a href="http://www.fsf.org/resources/jobs/">Free href="https://www.fsf.org/resources/jobs/">Free Software Job
    Page</a> to publish their job postings.  If you would be
    interested in this, please contact <a

<h3 id="awareness">Spread awareness about GNU and the Free Software Movement</h3>
  <li>Inform your acquaintances about the GNU <a
  href="/philosophy/philosophy.html">philosophy</a> and <a

  <li>When you refer to the operating system that started as GNU with
  Linux added, call it <a href="/gnu/linux-and-gnu.html">
  GNU/Linux</a>, and don't follow those who call it
  “Linux”.  Once people are aware of what we have already
  done, rather than attributing it to others, they will 
  <a href="/gnu/why-gnu-linux.html">support our present and future
  efforts more</a>.  This help takes very little of your time once you
  have unlearned the old habit.</li>

  <li>Show your support for the free software movement and our
  <a href="/philosophy/free-sw.html">ideas of freedom for users of
  computing</a>, by saying “free software”, “libre
  software” or “free/libre software”.</li>

  <li><a href="/philosophy/open-source-misses-the-point.html">
  Avoid the term “open source”</a> which stands for
  rejection of our ideals.</li>

  <li><a href="/help/linking-gnu.html">Add a link to this web site</a>
  to your home pages.</li>

  <li>Suggest that others do these things.</li>

  <li>Offer GNU/Linux Installation or support in your local time banks.</li>


<h3 id="hnode">Help improve h-node.org</h3>

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

<p>Help is needed in:</p>

  <li><a href="https://h-node.org/wiki/page/en/Help">Maintaining and
      improving the h-node.org wiki</a>.</li>
    <a href="https://h-node.org/wiki/page/en/h-source-code">h-source</a>
    that powers h-node.org
    and <a href="https://h-node.org/wiki/page/en/client-for-h-node-org">h-client</a>
    a desktop program for submitting device information to
  <li>Suggesting new hardware that should be added
    to the database.</li>

For other ways to help,
see <a href="https://h-node.org/wiki/page/en/Main-Page">

For communicating with h-node.org users/developers, use
their <a href="https://h-node.org/wiki/page/en/mailing-lists">mailing

<h3 id="fsf">Volunteer with and donate to the Free Software Foundation</h3>

<p>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.

<p>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 <a
href="https://fsf.org/volunteer">volunteering page</a> to get started
or the <a href="http://www.fsf.org">homepage</a> href="https://www.fsf.org">homepage</a> to learn more about
the organization.</p>

<p>Support the FSF and the GNU Project financially by becoming an FSF
<a href="https://my.fsf.org/join">associate member</a>, <a
href="https://www.fsf.org/about/ways-to-donate/">donating</a> to the
FSF, <a href="https://shop.fsf.org">purchasing</a> manuals, t-shirts,
stickers, and gear from the FSF, or by <a
href="/philosophy/selling.html">selling free
software</a> 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.</p>

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