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Free/Libre/Open Source Software: Survey and Study

This questionnaire is part of the FLOSS study (http://www.infonomics.nl/FLOSS/),
for any details regarding it, please use this contact e-mail address.

 
Read the announcements in several languages submitted
to several Free/Open Source software developer mailing lists and news sites [see where].

Read the final report for the FLOSS project that includes the analysis of the survey results.

You may also read the Stallman-Ghosh-Glott mail exchange and the Tiemann-Ghosh mail exchange on the FLOSS survey

1. In the following questions we will always use the term "Open Source / Free Software" (OS/FS), although we know that many developers make a sharp distinction between these concepts. Do you think of yourself as part of the Free Software or as part of the Open Source community? Real-Time Results

2. Do you think that Free Software and Open Source communities are different communities? Real-Time Results

3. Which of the following OS/FS developers do you know (not necessarily personally)? Real-Time Results

4_1. I started in (Year) Real-Time Results

4_2. My age then was Real-Time Results

5. On average, how many hours per week did you work on OS/FS projects in the last year? Real-Time Results

6. Do you also develop proprietary software? Real-Time Results

6_1. If you develop proprietary software: When did you start to develop proprietary software? Real-Time Results

6_2. If you develop proprietary software: On average, how many hours per week did you work on proprietary software projects last year? Real-Time Results

7_1. Remembering the time you started developing and/or distributing OS/FS, what was the reason for this? (maximal four answers) Real-Time Results

7_2. And today? For what reason(s) do you go on with developing and/or distributing OS/FS? (maximal four answers)? Real-Time Results

8. Do you use OS/FS at work or if you are studying, at university/college/school?? Real-Time Results

9. Do you earn money from OS/FS, either directly or indirectly? Real-Time Results

10. Do you earn your main income by software development, support or administration? Real-Time Results

11. What kind of OS/FS do you develop primarily? Real-Time Results

12. For which area do you primarily develop OS/FS? Real-Time Results

13. Which of the following is your favorite distribution / operating system? Real-Time Results

14. Which of the following is your favorite desktop? Real-Time Results

15. Which of the following is your favorite editor? Real-Time Results

16. In which tools and programming languages are you experienced in? Real-Time Results

17. In how many Open Source / Free Software development projects have you been involved so far? Real-Time Results

18. And in how many OS/FS development projects are you currently involved? Real-Time Results

19. In how many Open Source / Free Software development projects have you been involved in as a leader, coordinator, or administrator? Real-Time Results

20. With how many Open Source / Free Software developers do you have regular contact on an individual basis (e.g. by email or telephone)? Real-Time Results

21. Overall, would you say that OS/FS satisfies today's requirements for software better than proprietary software? Real-Time Results

22_1. Developing software in this domain is usually associated with time pressure. Real-Time Results

22_2. Working in this field is joyful. Real-Time Results

22_3. Working in this area can be very boring. Real-Time Results

22_4. The organization of work in this area is much more efficient. Real-Time Results

22_5. The developed software is of high quality. Real-Time Results

22_6. People write beautiful and aesthetic programs. Real-Time Results

22_7. Innovations are made in this area. Real-Time Results

23_1. People working in the domain of OS/FS are more concerned about money than people in the proprietary software domain. Real-Time Results

23_2. People working in the domain of proprietary software are more concerned about money than people in the OS/FS domain. Real-Time Results

24. If you had to describe the OS/FS scene in general, which of the statements below reflects most your opinion? The OS/FS scene is a forum... (check maximal 3 answers) Real-Time Results

25. Would you say that expertise in the Open Source/Free Software community has a positive impact on job opportunities? Real-Time Results

26. Developers contribute to the OS/FS community in different ways, and they receive many benefits from it. In general, how do you assess your balance? Real-Time Results

27. When you consider other developers of OS/FS, how do you assess their balance? Real-Time Results

28. To develop OS/FS is a kind of self-exploitation, because you supply a lot of good ideas and work, and do not receive any benefits in return! To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Real-Time Results

29. What do you expect from other OS/FS developers? (maximal four answers) Real-Time Results

30. What do you think other OS/FS developers expect from you? (maximal four answers) Real-Time Results

31. Do you mark source code you provide as OS/FS as yours, e.g. by signing your name or email address on it? Real-Time Results

32. What is your gender? Real-Time Results

33. Do you have a partner? Real-Time Results

34. Do you have children? Real-Time Results

34_1. If you have children: How many children do you have? Real-Time Results

34_2. If you have children: How old are your children? Real-Time Results

35. What is your nationality? Real-Time Results

45. Which is your country of residence or work? Real-Time Results

36. What is your profession? Real-Time Results

37. How would you describe your job? Real-Time Results

38. What is the highest level of education have you completed? Real-Time Results

39. What is your mother tongue? Real-Time Results

40. What other languages do you speak? Real-Time Results

41. What is your monthly gross income? Please select the appropriate category. Real-Time Results

42. What applies to you? I am... Real-Time Results

Read the final report for the FLOSS project.

You may also read the Stallman-Ghosh-Glott mail exchange and the Tiemann-Ghosh mail exchange on the FLOSS survey

This questionnaire is part of the FLOSS study (http://www.infonomics.nl/FLOSS/),
for any details regarding it, please use this contact e-mail address.

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