Risultati sondaggio su Debian

Come era stato riportato dal DPN n.5 Torsten Werner ha indetto un pubblico sondaggio su Debian, il suo uso e perché la si usa, come la si vorrebbe e tanto altro ancora, a voi il piacere della scoperta.

Samstag, Juni 19, 2010

Results from the Debian Community Poll
I have announced the Debian Community Poll in my former blog post. I have closed the poll today and I will start publishing its results now.
What is the codename of the current stable release?
This is the only compulsory question with the intention to block spammers. The correct codename is Lenny but I have accepted almost any answer that is somehow related to Debian. Version numbers, names from Sarge to Experimental, even well known codenames and version numbers from Ubuntu have been counted as correct. 22 partipants answered wrongly and their submissions got removed from the result set. A whopping number of 3258 submissions have been accepted and get analyzed now. Thanks to all participants!
How long have you been using Debian?

  • 33.6% answered 6 - 10 years
  • 32.7% answered 2 - 5 years
  • 16.6% answered more than 10 years
  • 15.5% answered 0 - 2 years
  • 1.7% did not answer

On what kind of hardware are you using Debian?

Multiple answers are allowed for this question and that is why the values do not sum up to 100%.

  • 80.5% are using Debian on the desktop
  • 62.4% on the server
  • 56.9% on the notebook
  • 21.7% on the netbook
  • 11.6% on embedded device(s)
  • 3.2% on other device(s)

The following other devices have been mentioned: smartphone, virtual machine, nettop, NAS, HTPC, workstation, pendrive, live cd, cluster, thin client, router, rocket flight computer, ibm mainframe, and automatic bar tender.
Do you contribute to Debian?

  • 50.0% choose answer #5: I don't contribute on a regular base.
  • 31.2% choose answer #4: I'm regularly helping other Debian users.
  • 8.0% choose other (see below) or simply did not answer
  • 4.9% choose answer #3: I'm regularly contributing to Debian packages without uploading them by myself.
  • 4.5% choose answer #1: I'm a Debian developer.
  • 1.4% choose answer #2: I'm a Debian maintainer.

The following other answers have been provided:

  • upstream developer or contributor
  • translator
  • bug reporter
  • advocator
  • former DD or DM
  • prospective DD or DM
  • mirror maintainer
  • package/installer tester
  • documentation writer
  • donator or debconf sponsor
  • debconf organizer or helper

How do you think about the Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG)?

  • 46.0% choose answer #2: I like the DFSG but it is not the most important reason for using Debian.
  • 36.6% choose answer #1: The DFSG is very important to me. I could live with many changes in Debian but I would be very upset if Debian would allow non-free software into its main component in the future.
  • 10.1% choose answer #3: I don't know.
  • 4.9% choose answer #4: I don't care.
  • 2.4% did not answer.

Are you using Debian derived distributions, too?

Multiple answers are allowed for this question and that is why the values do not sum up to 100%. There were a lot of different answers but the most frequent are:

  • 47.1%: Ubuntu (Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu)
  • 40.8%: no answer; this was the only way to say that someone does not use a derived distribution
  • 11.0%: other (see below)
  • 7.0%: damn small linux
  • 4.8%: Sidux
  • 4.3%: grml (juxlala)
  • 2.2%: Knoppix
  • 1.6%: ELive
  • 1.4%: Maemo

The other answer includes the following distributions: 64studio, ALT Linux, arch linux, ArtistX, BackTrack, BRLix, Canaima GNU/Linux, catix, cdlinux.pl, CloneZilla, CrunchBang, Custom, ddwrt, debian arm userspace for zipit z2, DebXO (?), DreamLinux, Easy Peasy, eb4, eeebuntu, EMC2 Ubuntu (linuxcnc.org), Emdebian, Estrella Roja, Fedora, Finnix, Gentoo, gNewSense, Hackable:1, Kanotix, Kuliax, LFS and CLFS, LinEx, Linux Mint, live CDs, live-helper, Mepis antix, Musix, My own LiveCD, Mythbuntu, OpenInkpot, openwrt, paipix gnu, Parsix, Peppermint, personal debian derived, proxmox, Puppy, PureOS, qtopia, SHR, simplyMEPIS, Skolelinux, slackware, SymphonyOS, Toutou, Trisquel, tty GNU/Linux, UHU Linux, Univention Corporate Server, vinux, Voyage, Vyatta, whiite, Xandros, Xarnoppix. Not all of them are derived from Debian.
Sonntag, Juni 20, 2010

More Results from the Debian Community Poll
I have announced the Debian Community Poll and published first results in former blog posts. I'll publish my analysis of the remaining questions about changes to Debian now.
Should Debian remove its non-free component?

  • 80.8% answered no
  • 10.7% answered yes
  • 6.3% answered: I don't know or don't care
  • 2.1% did not answer

Should Debian spend more money?

  • 28.9% choose answer #5: I don't know or don't care.
  • 22.8% choose answer #3: Debian should pay people having important positions in Debian and doing important work.
  • 21.2% choose answer #1: Debian should spend more money on organizing developer conferences and team meetings.
  • 11.4% choose answer #4: Debian should not spend more money.
  • 8.0% choose other (see below) or didn't answer
  • 7.7% choose answer #2: Debian should spend more money on free merchandizing, free DVDs, having a sexy web site, and being present on IT events.

There were quite a number of other answers. One participant missed the information about how the money is currently spend. Several participants didn't want to choose one of the provided answers. They either wanted to choose multiple answers or various combinations of them. Most other answers fall into one of the following categories:

  • various marketing suggestions with different focus than answer #2
  • Debian hosted hardware, infrastructure, services
  • funding upstream development
  • QA and work on release-blocking issues
  • partners and commercial support
  • developing important features
  • security support for oldstable
  • education of prospective developers and contributors
  • documentation for users
  • improving usability and accessibility
  • certifications like LPIC
  • getting supported by hardware and non-free software vendors
  • beer
  • promoting debian in developing countries
  • help contributors running a business on Debian
  • Bounty system
  • updating stable to avoid becoming stale
  • developing multimedia codecs
  • getting compliant with FSF guidelines for a free system distribution
  • developing free replacements to non-free software
  • maintaining a database of debian-friendly hardware
  • lobbying and politics
  • visibility to wider society, even non-IT
  • hardware for driver developers
  • a more sexy DVD/CD set with graphics (like Fedora, Ubuntu)
  • membership to boards of W3C, TEI Consortium, OASIS, etc.

Do you prefer time based releases instead of the "it's ready when it's ready" releases?

  • 73.1% answered no
  • 19.8% answered yes
  • 5.1% anwered: I don't know or don't care
  • 2.0% didn't answer

Which release interval do you prefer?

  • 38.7% choose answer #2: about 12 months
  • 36.9% choose answer #3: 18 - 24 months
  • 10.0% choose answer #5: I don't know or don't care.
  • 5.9% choose answer #1: about 6 months
  • 5.5% choose answer #4: more than 2 years
  • 3.0% didn't answer

Debian community poll 1
Debian community poll 2

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Commenti

Avendo partecipato non potevo

Avendo partecipato non potevo che guardarmi i risultati ;-).

In generale potrei ritenermi soddisfatto dei risultati: Debian piace e più o meno non la si vorrebbe stravolgere; ulteriormente interessante l'80% di utenti Desktop (rispetto ad utilizzi magari più di "massa" sui server, anche se l'utente Desktop, navigando in rete è stato sicuramente più facilitato a trovare il formulario e compilarlo).

La lettura dei risultati, o meglio la sua interpretazione, può essere però anche diversa:
- nonostante un terzo degli utenti Debian da una mano almeno ad altri utenti (arrivando poi al quasi 50% aggiungendo i DD, DM, ...), un buon 50% è "stagnante"... peccato...
- se più di un terzo appoggia le DFSG, quasi una metà degli utenti le considera qualcosa di non prettamente importantissimo; questo dato si riflette inoltre nell'80% d'utenti che vorrebbero ancora i "non-free", anche se ancora una volta, a mio avviso si può volere un "non-free" sul piano pragmatico (driver, ...) stando comunque a stretto favore delle DFSG
- nessun problema invece per la release quando è pronta, anche se più di un terzo la vorrebbero nuova una volta all'anno

Il tutto sempre basandosi però su poco più di 3200 utenti e non sapendo niente di chi ha scritto (l'introduzione che ci dice che sono stati accettati nella domanda iniziale antispam "qual è il nome dell'attuale stable" anche nomi d'ubuntu e sue versioni lascia almeno un pensiero sugli utenti che possano aver partecipato :-P).

Grazie in ogni caso di aver postato questi risultati :-)

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