Your opinions valued: Survey about computer & software usage

Dear all,

I am an MSc student from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

As part of my current research programme, I am conducting a survey about computer usage habits and preferences. The survey is in the form of an online questionnaire which takes about 5 minutes for an average user to complete.

I would like to invite everyone to participate in this survey. Please visit the following URL if you are interested:

Study about computers and software usage

All collected data will be processed strictly in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
Upon conclusion of the survey, the questionnaire (including data from respondents) will be transferred for offline storage and permanently removed from the online servers.

Your opinion is very important and I honestly appreciate your help.

Kindest regards,

James Pan
Information Systems and Innovation Group
Department of Management
London School of Economics and Political Science
Email: y.pan3#lse.ac.uk (replace # with @)

I’m taking the survey, but questions 12-14 should take into account that Unix users generally don’t purchase software. I haven’t purchased any software since I started using Suse I will also probably never purchase software again, unless it’s a Linux CD.

Wrong area, moved to Surveys and Polls

Andy

On Thu, 14 Aug 2008 19:16:03 GMT
BNG22908 <BNG22908@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

>
> I’m taking the survey, but questions 12-14 should take into account that
> Unix users generally don’t purchase software. I haven’t purchased any
> software since I started using Suse I will also probably never purchase
> software again, unless it’s a Linux CD.
>
>

s’ok, I probably threw them for a loop… email client… alpine!

But no, WAIT! I did purchase “On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness” a
few months ago… does that count? Granted, it said “0-4”… so I’m covered.

Agreed though, haven’t purchased anything in a long time, and certainly not
any brand-new software. I did buy NWN a year or so ago, but it was $14.99 at
Walmart.

Loni


L R Nix
lornix@lornix.com

Thanks for your reply.

This has also been pointed out by people from other communities.

Also you may notice there is a bias towards proprietary products like Apple’s and Micro$oft’s stuff, this is intentional as the topic of this research is about F/OSS adoption. So a comparison is needed between people who chose F/OSS and those who didn’t and not willing to.

The question is changed to non-compulsory now.
Really isn’t the best option, but for data consistency considerations…

On 08/14/2008 BNG22908 wrote:
> I’m taking the survey, but questions 12-14 should take into account
> that Unix users generally don’t purchase software.

“0-4” then.
That may be true for the (IMHO very small) group of Linux users who solely use Linux. I still have an XP install for games, I have a Nintendo Wii, a Windows Smartphone, and here at work I could show you some software running on Linux/Unix which is really pricey.

Uwe

pan8609 wrote:
> BNG22908;1856789 Wrote:
>> I’m taking the survey, but questions 12-14 should take into account that
>> Unix users generally don’t purchase software. I haven’t purchased any
>> software since I started using Suse I will also probably never purchase
>> software again, unless it’s a Linux CD.
>
> Thanks for your reply.

you missed the chance to let me (and hopefully others) answer some of those
questions from another perspective, like:

  1. Do you “buy” software in non-traditional ways i.e., not by money or barter
    but by:

a. donations to oss
b. participating in oss development
c. participate in supporting oss development
d. throw a pie at Bill or Steve whenever possible

  1. If you make donations to oss, how many different programs authors, or
    organizations did you donate to in the past year:

etc etc etc

  1. What organizations did you donate to, in what way (money, time

blah blah etc etc


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I hate proprietary software and I hate Microsoft. The only reason why I ever use a Microsoft computer is because I have to for certain classes at school that run awful Microsoft-only programs. I hate Apple too, and all the DRM malware they put on all their devices.