People often ask how they can get involved and contribute to MeeGo. This is meant to help guide new community members into productive contributions as part of the MeeGo project.
We want to see people contributing to the MeeGo project, and there are many ways to contribute. As with any open source project, being helpful with some concrete contributions will demonstrate to the project maintainers that you are serious about contributing, which helps us separate the people who talk about contributing from the people who contribute in a meaningful way to the project. This builds trust in your work, and the people who consistently contribute good work will be given more and more responsibility. Examples include Reggie who maintains our forums, our many community localization experts who have access to make changes to translations, and others who have been given special roles and privileges as a result of their contributions to the project. Ideally, we want to see more people outside of Intel and Nokia taking on key maintainer roles and other official roles in the project.
Small contributions will lead to bigger roles in the project, so find an area that best fits with your interests and skills and get started with some contributions. Dirk mentioned several ways to contribute, but here are some more concrete ways to get involved today.
The Community Office also maintains a list of committed and proposed tasks. You can propose a new task based on something that you think needs to be done, or contact the owner of a committed task and volunteer to help.
On another note, I suspect that we have a terminology gap around the word "community". Since MeeGo is an open source project, everyone who contributes in some way is a member of the MeeGo community. This includes people from Intel, Nokia, Novell, other companies, translators, hobbyists, and interested people unaffiliated with any company. We are all working together as a community to make MeeGo as awesome as it can possibly be. We want to get everyone working together as part of a large community working toward the same goal of having an amazing operating system and application ecosystem for small form factor devices.
Many of the replies in this thread seem to imply that Intel / Nokia OR community are two completely separate things. If you are from Intel / Nokia, you aren't "community", and if you are outside of Intel / Nokia you can only participate in "community" efforts. This implies a mentality of community vs. Intel / Nokia rather than a collaboration of a single community made up of many different people all working together on MeeGo.
Over time as people prove themselves through solid contributions, I want to see more people on the governance pages who don't work for Intel and Nokia leading significant areas of the MeeGo project. Getting everyone working together regardless of their corporate affiliation is the first step to having a successful MeeGo community. Yes, this takes a little time and hard work, but starting now with your contributions to MeeGo will get us there.