UDS-N Poll: Why are you working on Ubuntu?

Posted in Ubuntu on November 1st, 2010 by doctormo

One of my goals of UDS was to do a little survey on the floor to get a feel for why participants were contributing to Ubuntu and how they see the reason for doing all this work. I set out a simple 5 questions and asked attendees one after another and recorded them on my phone. The Data Source was then compiled into the following statistics with some answers folded into each other since spellings and meanings of difference words meant the same thing.

  • Males: 53
  • Females: 7

What is your role in Ubuntu?

  • developer: 33
  • manager: 7
  • design: 6
  • marketing: 4
  • quality assurance: 4
  • business admin: 2
  • systems admin: 2
  • writer: 1
  • translators: 1

Why do you work on Ubuntu?

  • It’s my job: 15
  • Enjoyment: 7
  • Free software: 6
  • Interesting: 6
  • For myself: 4
  • Best software: 4
  • Give back: 5
  • Making Better Software: 5
  • Open source: 3
  • Recognition: 2
  • Challenge: 2
  • Community: 2
  • Research: 1
  • Change the world: 1

What will benefit the world when Ubuntu succeeds?

  • Freedom: 12
  • Making Better Software: 11
  • Community values: 7
  • Improving Collaboration: 7
  • Improving Access/Empowerment: 7
  • Alternatives/Competition: 5
  • Improved Flexibility: 3
  • Free Cost Software: 2
  • No benefit: 3
  • Improving Education: 2
  • Getting Developers Recognition: 1

Canonical Employees: 33

I really did enjoy doing this survey, hearing each person recount what they thought and having them reflect on what it is we’re trying to achieve here in the Ubuntu project was very enlightening. I hope you too can post your reasons for being involved in Ubuntu or Free and open Source in the comments below.

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