The sponsorship process is designed to allow prospective developers to have packages reviewed and uploaded. Sponsorship provides a means of learning about Ubuntu development and lowers the entry barrier for contribution.

The process outlined here is aimed at dealing with incremental changes to existing packages within Ubuntu. (For mentoring on the creation of entirely new packages, please see the UbuntuDevelopment/NewPackages process.)

Requesting Sponsorship

To make use of Ubuntu merge proposals, follow these easy steps:

The traditional process involves:

Packages maintained on Launchpad Code Hosting

Special attention is required if packages are maintained on Launchpad's Code Hosting. You might run into a message like this, when getting the source package:

$ apt-get source ubuntu-artwork
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
NOTICE: 'ubuntu-artwork' packaging is maintained in the 'Bzr' version control system at:
Please use:
bzr get https://code.launchpad.net/~ubuntu-art-pkg/ubuntu-artwork/ubuntu
to retrieve the latest (possible unreleased) updates to the package.

In these cases please consider registering a Merge proposal. It will make the life of the maintainers a lot easier.

Forwarding Patches Upstream

Review Debian/Bugs for more information.

New Packages

The process for getting NEW packages (packages which are not in Ubuntu at all yet) reviewed is explained at UbuntuDevelopment/NewPackages.

Getting Help

To be set up during Natty cycle.

Inspired by Bazaar's Patch Pilot programme there will be patch pilots in #ubuntu-devel who can help you get your patch accepted. Check the topic to see who's on duty.

Some notes:

Generally asking for help in #ubuntu-motu or #ubuntu-devel is definitely on topic too.

The general difference between sponsors and patch pilots is:


To review Ubuntu merge proposals, check out these UDD instructions.

Sponsorship is organized into two teams:

Do not assign a bug to anyone if it needs sponsorship.

Any Ubuntu developer who is interested in acting as a sponsor is welcome to apply for membership in the appropriate team.

You can see the currently pending requests at:

Or combined at:

(occasionally it may be useful to check if there are non-/ubuntu bugs that fail to be noticed: https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/+bugs?field.subscriber=ubuntu-sponsors)

The ubuntu-sponsors team handles general sponsorship of packages in Ubuntu; the ubuntu-security-sponsors team handles sponsorship of packages in the security pocket for all components.

Workflow for Review and Sponsorship

If you are processing the universe sponsorship queue, please review the UbuntuDevelopment/CodeReviews, MOTU Sponsorship Procedure Documentation, or SecurityTeam/SponsorsQueue.


SponsorshipProcess (last edited 2013-12-05 16:24:41 by dholbach)