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    Questionnaire

    Introduction
    I am writing my dissertation researching Open and Closed Source software. I would be very grateful for your views and any information on this subject.

    What computer Operating System(s) have you used, tick more than one if applicable?
    Microsoft Windows o
    Apple OS o
    Unix o
    Linux o
    Other Please state…




    Do you use any open source software on your home computer?
    Yes o No o

    What influenced your choice?




    Do you use any open source software on your work computer?
    Yes o No o


    Where you able to influenced this choice?




    How do you solve problems using the software?

    Colleagues/friends support o
    Third party support o
    Other Please state…




    Are you considering using more open source software?
    Yes o No o


    Do you consider open source software to be secure?
    Yes o No o

    Please state your reasons…




    This is a screen dump of OpenOffice it looks similar to Microsoft’s Office do you feel that you could use this package relatively easily?


    Yes o No o

    If you are familiar with this package how does it compare with commercial equivalents?




    Any further comments?








    Thank You for your Time

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    Re: Dissertation questionnaire help thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Toby
    What computer Operating System(s) have you used, tick more than one if applicable?
    Microsoft Windows o
    Apple OS o
    Unix o
    Linux o
    Other Please state…
    Microsoft Windows and Linux, I have Used Mac OSX briefly on in-store demos

    Quote Originally Posted by Toby
    Do you use any open source software on your home computer?
    Yes o No o

    What influenced your choice?
    Yes, my home computer runs Linux, but before it did, I ran Firefox, Thunderbird, and Open Office on it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Toby
    Do you use any open source software on your work computer?
    Yes o No o
    I don't have a work computer, as I'm still in school. I make a point of keeping Firefox and Open Office on a usb thumbdrive, though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Toby
    Where you able to influenced this choice?
    Besides the obvious money problems, I've found in many cases, becuase is it community driven, OSS is more advanced, and has better features.


    Quote Originally Posted by Toby
    How do you solve problems using the software?

    Colleagues/friends support o
    Third party support o
    Other Please state…
    I get a lot of support from friends, and when they don't know I usually come here

    Quote Originally Posted by Toby
    Are you considering using more open source software?
    Yes o No o
    I'm runnning full blown Linux, you can't get more open than that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Toby
    Do you consider open source software to be secure?
    Yes o No o

    Please state your reasons…
    I'm not sure on this, while it seems that OSS would be less secure because the source is visible, I also believe that it allows the community to locate security flaws themselves, which causes those flaws to be located and repaired faster.

    Quote Originally Posted by Toby
    This is a screen dump of OpenOffice it looks similar to Microsoft’s Office do you feel that you could use this package relatively easily?


    Yes o No o
    Yup, and I do on a regular basis
    Quote Originally Posted by Toby
    If you are familiar with this package how does it compare with commercial equivalents?
    While it doesn't have ALL the features that MS Office has (such as database soft, etc), the price difference I think gives it the edge, not to mention cross-platform compatibility

    Quote Originally Posted by Toby
    Any further comments?
    Nope, I'm good.

    I hope you're askig these questions somewhere else, though, as the results you get from this forums may be a bit... skewed

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    Thanks you for your support much appreachated

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    Re: Dissertation questionnaire help thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Toby
    Questionnaire

    Introduction
    I am writing my dissertation researching Open and Closed Source software. I would be very grateful for your views and any information on this subject.

    What computer Operating System(s) have you used, tick more than one if applicable?
    Microsoft Windows o
    Apple OS o
    Unix o
    Linux o
    Other Please state…




    Do you use any open source software on your home computer?
    Yes o No o

    What influenced your choice?




    Do you use any open source software on your work computer?
    Yes o No o


    Where you able to influenced this choice?




    How do you solve problems using the software?

    Colleagues/friends support o
    Third party support o
    Other Please state…




    Are you considering using more open source software?
    Yes o No o


    Do you consider open source software to be secure?
    Yes o No o

    Please state your reasons…




    This is a screen dump of OpenOffice it looks similar to Microsoft’s Office do you feel that you could use this package relatively easily?


    Yes o No o

    If you are familiar with this package how does it compare with commercial equivalents?




    Any further comments?


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    1) All of the above plus BSD
    2) yes, I like the freedom to use/ change the software the way I like to use it. Also way less buggy, and cheaper.
    3)Yes I have a Red Hat server for monitoring and ftp service. I was able to talk my bosses into letting me do this.
    4)All of the above and Forums are a huge help.
    5)Yes
    6)yes because people all over the world test it. Plus since it is open source I can manipulate it for my needs.
    7)Yes I use it. There are a lot of similarities. It is usable. I think in a mixed environment there are formating issues.

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    1) Linux and M$ only
    2) Yes i do, security, and frequent updates
    3) No, damn school
    4) Forum/IRC support
    5) yep
    6) yes, since it gets updtaed fequently, and there aremany testers
    7) OO.o is ok, though I prefer TeX or LaTeX.

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    1. All of the above (although very sparingly with OSX)
    2. Yes. Choice and ability to modify the software are the primary considerations.
    3. Yes, I use open source software for "productivity" work, scripting, and server purposes. I am the network administrator here, so I got to make the choice for myself; the rest of the company is forced to use Microsoft products.
    4. I use any sources at my disposal. Forums (like this one) are quite valuable, and I have a colleague "in house" who knows more than I probably ever will.
    5. I'm always on the lookout for more good open source software.
    6. As with any software, you must look at the individual releases and individual products in order to make that judgment. That said, I think that overall open source is more likely to be secure simply because so many people can (and do) review the code. Open source software development has a tendency to find and fix bugs and security holes proactively, while most closed source software is patched reactively.
    7. I actually find OpenOffice to be easier to use in many respects than Office, and have watched Office users sit down and use it without any issues.
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    Re: Dissertation questionnaire help thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Toby
    Questionnaire

    Introduction
    I am writing my dissertation researching Open and Closed Source software. I would be very grateful for your views and any information on this subject.

    What computer Operating System(s) have you used, tick more than one if applicable?
    Microsoft Windows o
    Apple OS o
    Unix o
    Linux o
    Other Please state…




    Do you use any open source software on your home computer?
    Yes o No o

    What influenced your choice?




    Do you use any open source software on your work computer?
    Yes o No o


    Where you able to influenced this choice?




    How do you solve problems using the software?

    Colleagues/friends support o
    Third party support o
    Other Please state…




    Are you considering using more open source software?
    Yes o No o


    Do you consider open source software to be secure?
    Yes o No o

    Please state your reasons…




    This is a screen dump of OpenOffice it looks similar to Microsoft’s Office do you feel that you could use this package relatively easily?


    Yes o No o

    If you are familiar with this package how does it compare with commercial equivalents?




    Any further comments?








    Thank You for your Time
    1) Linux, Unix and Windows
    2) Yes, Linux
    3) I wanted to learn so I choosed Linux
    4) Friends sometimes help me but I know better Linux than them
    5) Yes
    6) Of course
    7) Yes I use it

    Good luck with your research and of course - USE LINUX!
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    Re: Dissertation questionnaire help thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Toby
    Questionnaire

    Introduction
    I am writing my dissertation researching Open and Closed Source software. I would be very grateful for your views and any information on this subject.

    What computer Operating System(s) have you used, tick more than one if applicable?
    Microsoft Windows o
    Apple OS o
    Unix o
    Linux o
    Other Please state…




    Do you use any open source software on your home computer?
    Yes o No o

    What influenced your choice?




    Do you use any open source software on your work computer?
    Yes o No o


    Where you able to influenced this choice?




    How do you solve problems using the software?

    Colleagues/friends support o
    Third party support o
    Other Please state…




    Are you considering using more open source software?
    Yes o No o


    Do you consider open source software to be secure?
    Yes o No o

    Please state your reasons…




    This is a screen dump of OpenOffice it looks similar to Microsoft’s Office do you feel that you could use this package relatively easily?


    Yes o No o

    If you are familiar with this package how does it compare with commercial equivalents?




    Any further comments?








    Thank You for your Time
    a.Gentoo linux and windows XP dual boot.

    b.Yes, GPL and social/ethical reasons (M$ are monopolistic robbing b******s)

    c.No, because work are spineless corporate drones (alledgedly)

    d.All, friends/family, various forums and my LUG (linux user group). I have never used "paid for" support.

    e.Yes.

    f.Yes. But it's up to the individual to make it secure. The options/choices are there

    g. Yes, I use Open office as preference to MS orifice (which I also have, but only because my partner is a teacher and her school only has MS products - contractual obligation I believe).

    h. For most thing's Open office is as good as M$ office, except for vvv complicated spread sheets (which I only encounter very rarely) and the lack of a direct M$ access equivalent (which I understand is due to be remedied with the release of the 2.X versions of open office).

    i. Nah, all said already.

    Good luck with the Dissertation.

    regards

    John

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    Introduction
    I am writing my dissertation researching Open and Closed Source software. I would be very grateful for your views and any information on this subject.

    What computer Operating System(s) have you used, tick more than one if applicable?
    Microsoft Windows yes
    Linux yes


    Do you use any open source software on your home computer?
    Yes

    What influenced your choice?
    Free and they are great



    Do you use any open source software on your work computer?
    Yes


    Where you able to influenced this choice?
    Free, trusted and work greatly



    How do you solve problems using the software?

    Colleagues/friends support- yes
    Other Please state…
    Books (E.G.Debian 3.1 Bible *soon)-yes



    Are you considering using more open source software?
    Yes


    Do you consider open source software to be secure?
    Yes

    Please state your reasons…
    The source code is easily under review and security companies evaluate open and closed software for security issues



    This is a screen dump of OpenOffice it looks similar to Microsoft’s Office do you feel that you could use this package relatively easily?


    Yes

    If you are familiar with this package how does it compare with commercial equivalents?
    Nearly as good. But due to the fact that there is no OneNote 2003 open source software I am forced to use a closed source program for my Tablet PC.

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    I like how everyone here is able to answer the Open Office question without even needing to see the screenshot

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