|What open source software do you use at home?||
|Linux (Ubuntu or any other variation)||
The 66 people who answered ‘none’ were asked why they weren’t using open source, 39 people responded as follows:
- I was under the impression that OSS was only for computer whizzes, so stuck with (get ready for it) Microsoft!
- Don’t manage computers at home
- Needs are met with existing software.
- My husband is a PC tech and not as sold on open source as I am. He takes care of the home network, so he gets to choose what we use there.
- Don’t have a need at this time but wouldn’t hesitate if I did.
- I do not have a computer at home
- not enough time to research, set up, learn programs. But I do plan to look into an open source OPAC soon.
- The last thing I want to do at home is look at a computer! :0)
- Never heard of any of these except Firefox & Linux. I don’t do a lot of heavy computing at home since I stare at a screen all day at work.
- Do not have the need at home
- Don’t have time or interest.
- When I purchased my computer, it came with IE and the Microsoft Professional Office suite. I’m comfortable using those products and not motivated to change although intellectually I support Open Source products.
- don’t have Internet access
- not tech savvy
- Not aware of its benefits
- No time, little interest- when I come home from work using the computer is the last thing I want to do!
- What I’m using is adequate for my needs.
- I like IE.
- I’m not that savvy.
- I have no need. I would use Firefox, but many of the websites I use run better on IE.
- I don’t have Internet access at home…can’t afford it any more.
- I don’t use Internet at home
- The people I live with do not and it is easier not to load the open source software then deal with their frustrations.
- I’ve been re-directed to Open Office, but I didn’t know anything about the reliability of open source applications. I will not incur any addition costs, and it was not clear who pays for open office. I don’t enjoy sitting at and looking at the computer, and I certainly am not interested enough to learn a new office-type application!
- Don’t know of any that would be of use to me.
- Don’t feel that I am savvy enough and don’t want to take the time to be so! Also, I just use my computer for basic stuff – email, bank account, bill pay, etc.
- Try not to compute at home.
- I do most of my work at work. I’m not a techie.
- Why would I?
- I get copies of work software for use on my work machine at home
- Don’t have a home computer. Get enough silliness at work.
- don’t care
- I’m not a sophisticated computer user
- In Nigeria, I am not financially ok to install one.
- Use home pc for email, light work
- No computer
- Never set any up.
- My husband runs our “IT department” at home and he says I don’t need it. He uses Firefox and Linux.
- Don’t know enough about any of them. Don’t know what I am missing.
For the 151 that answered ‘other’, 150 entered values and of those, not all entered were actually open source products. All answers (open source or not) are listed below:
- Open Solaris (is not Linux), Boxee, Vuze, Apache, more
- I use many free programs and can’t even remember which are open source because I’ve used them so long.
- too many to list
- Audacity, Jabref, hundreds of other programs
- Senayan Library Automation System
- 7zip,inkscape, lots of java and ruby tools. Anything
- FreeMind, Drupal, NeoOffice
- lots-Zimbra + too many to list
- Drupal, Audacity, Blender, MySQL, PHP
- PMB, Irfanview
- I use OSS wherever it’s possible and not inconvenient.
- UNIX; Mach kernel in OS X
- Moodle, NeoOffice, TuxPaint, Scratch
- Open Office
- Inkscape, Scribus, PortableApps
- solaris 10, drupal
- We’ve been experimenting with Solaris
- Wiki, WordPress, Moodle, Drupal, other PHP-based sites/apps, etc.
- many of other OSS, f.e. ssh, bash, pekwm etc. etc.
- IrfanView, SecureShell, Adobe Reader
- eclipse, winftp
- Avast; Spybot; Google
- Freemind, Thinking Rock, X2
- nvu(it’s dead, I know), nodexl
- Some Google stuff
- Sea Monkey, several media programs
- Thunderbird and other s/w
- NVU, PUTTY, Audio stuff…
- WordPress, Zotero, Boxee, GNU Solfege
- WordPress, Gallery, Apache, Postgres, Tomcat
- FreeBSD, Perl, Python, PostgreSQL, rsync, unison
- too many to name
- putty, miro, notepad++, cygwin, ccleaner, truecrypt, and a LOT more.
- Word Press
- Too many others to list
- XBMC, Apache, Mysql, PHP, Asterisk
- I’m sure there are more: WordPress, for one.
- I have a Nokia N810 that runs almost exclusively off of open-source applications (e.g. mplayer, MyTube, Mauku, and of course, Maemo)
- songbird, android, wp
- apache, drupal,
- Gnome and KDE4 and their related apps; AbiWord; Audacity
- various small applications
- KDE, KDevelop, Kontact, Konsole, Konqueror…
- Android (phone), 7-Zip, VNC, OpenSSH, PuTTY, TrueCrypt, Perl, Wget, and more that I can’t think of now
- Flock, KDE
- drupal, wordpress
- WordPress and Drupal
- Firefox addons
- php, apache, mysql
- kde, k3b, mplayer, emacs, iconv, countless others I don’t have the time to list, rest assured it runs into the hundreds esp if you include the libraries I use.
- A couple of open source games; I also tinker with Apache/PHP/Perl/Mysql at home, as well
- Joomla, TuxPaint
- Moodle, Drupal, b2evolution, freemind, ganttproject, …
- Chrome, Tortoise
- Irfanview, Limesurvey, drupal
- XAMPP, WordPress
- EAC, LAME
- NewGenLib Library Software
- bsd stack…
- mysql, apache, solr, wordpress
- Apache, Python, PHP, jQuery, OpenLayers
- Apache, MySQL, PHP, to many others to numerous to list
- I use several open source video streaming/conversion softwares.
- Mozilla browser
- PHP mySQL Apache
- irfanview, zamzar, google stuff including google sites, gmail, google earth, picassa, igoogle, colorcop, realplayer, audacity
- seamonkey ; Greasemonkey ;libx
- development libraries and other tools
- Drupal, WordPress, Audacity
- MarcEdit, Worldpress
- Crimson Editor, WinMerge, Serendipity (blogging software), Apache, MySQL, PHP
- Zamzar, Jing, Vyew, Xtranormal
- Gentoo for build from source
- Smultron, Cyberduck, ClamAV, ffmpeg, Frozen-Bubble, GPG, Handbrake, Kompozer, Transmission, VirtualBox, Quanta Plus, Font Forge, Inkscape, Childsplay, Tux Paint, Tux Math, Tux Type
- I don’t have a computer at home – yes, we do exist! In the past, I have used OpenOffice, and would in preference to proprietary options
- NewGenLib Library Management System
- mysql,sqlite,postgress, many others
- No home computer
- Gnucash, Audacity, Avidemux
- Too many to fit in this small box.
- too many to list
- Bacula, TeX, LyX, …
- Flock, Darvin (Kernel of MacOX), WordPress, Nambu, MediaWiki,
- Google Browser; most all their features
|Why are you using the applications above at home over proprietary options?||
|It’s more cost effective||
|Works better than other options||
|Someone recommended it to me||
|It was the first thing I tried||
|I don’t know||
The following are the answers given by the 143 people who answered ‘other’
- I don’t like relying on Microsoft for everything!
- I like it better
- Use it along with proprietary
- work-related knowledge
- I like to tinker and customize
- Free as in freedom
- When available and of quality, I go for open source
- comparable to Microsoft Office, if not better than most recent version
- Loads faster.
- experimenting with it
- it does what I need
- I still can’t get Vufind to work
- Different combinations of reasons for different apps. Mostly for evaluation/awareness purposes
- Available painlessly in OS X
- could use Firefox but I generally seem to use Explorer
- To stay up on all of the options
- usually tips from my IT friends
- I like it.
- trying to learn the systems to put into use at work
- I like the idea of open source.
- easier to install and maintain
- it’s not Microsoft
- Windows and Mac shouldn’t have a strangle-hold on the market.
- For some reason I much prefer Firefox over Internet Explorer, though I couldn’t tell you why!
- “Free software” philosophy, aka Richard Stallman.
- tired of MS annoyances and domination
- came pre-installed and I got hooked
- Use Linux Mint (and Linux-compatible apps) at home because cheaper, also more secure from viruses
- In part it’s that these solutions work better, but the ability to create customizable solutions (and to use others solutions) definitely has an impact.
- Wanted to learn more about the tools. Host some of my sites using the open source solutions. Fair easy to install; free; good documentation; etc.
- I prefer using open source when I can.
- was available for immediate download – faster!
- configurable for my needs
- I like them
- Recommended for use with BlackBoard
- Like the community support, extensions, etc.
- Sea Monkey is the only truly functioning browser for my laptop
- Has advantages other software doesn’t; user support
- It does what I need it to. With mysql, it is the most appropriate choice, even when considering commercial options.
- modeling shifts
- It is the right thing for me
- I wish to support major software companies as little as possible.
- I run a Linux box at home as a sandbox, but my primary home computer is a Windows machine.
- Don’t like I.E.
- security, some features not even available commercially
- Use both
- if it’s not what I want, I can make it what I want
- ongoing development, flexible implementations, configurable, frequent bug fixes.
- looked cool
- I am used to do so
- Don’t like intrusiveness of Microsoft
- Wanted to try it for myself
- More easily customizable; sharing between other users is easier
- more secure, less prone to attacks
- I feel I have more control over these applications, and that they’re not doing things behind my back
- I use Firefox in addition to other browsers
- It does exactly what I want and nothing more.
- More secure. I have been running Linux for 12 years (since 1997) and have never had a virus, trojan horse, or spyware.
- They’re great pieces of software and they come with the source from which I can learn, they are free and let me be free (and they are much more customizable than proprietary software)
- Principle of freedom; more readily available than proprietary software; generally simpler, cleaner and less bloated than proprietary software, contains no unwanted functionality (eg spyware); control over software and data
- Alternatives to proprietary software
- I strongly believe in OS
- ethical – open source can work for everyone and we need people to see that it’s not just for geeks!
- My husband and son work in the industry
- personal development goal
- WordPress, Drupal, Coppermine, KnowledgeTree
- I like to support open source
- I prefer open source
- I’m married to IT support who selected it and installed it
- I’m a programmer as well as a librarian. I like the control.
- I support freedom in all forms
- I like choice
- alternative/back up
- It’s interesting (and addictive) to know
- complete control
- philosophically, i believe in OSS!
- like to use variety of applications
- Like to support initiatives other Microsoft & Apple
- It just works
- Cross platform
- I need the source code to be able to develop new features
- Freedom to look and change the code as I can
- For Virus protection. OpenOffice is not affected by viruses
- more flexible
- Works better in web environment that other options
- sometimes works better than other options
- Less buggy & virus-prone
- I’m still trying to get Vufind to work
- Free of cost!
- I don’t know about a lot of other choices
- Needed for college courses
- Safer from viruses
- more secure than IE
- free software is all I use at home
- IE stopped working, MS Word too expensive
- Works better with games
- not a programmer, so using them is the only way i can support them
- I like it better.
- just about every web browser is free to use – open source or not
- Tired of MS treadmill & bugs
- Safer in the case of Firefox
- I like to support Open Source projects
- What I use and is supported at work
- …and I believe in supporting it.
- An option; I also use non-open source products that are similar, such as IE, etc.
- free of licencing restrictions
- To explore
- Learning about open source
- Can’t afford Office 2007
- True customization and flexibility free of artificial limitations of proprietary software
- want to learn about it on my own time
- Coppermine, eFiction, WordPress
- I still use IE but Firefox works better sometimes
- Not subject to IE viruses
- stick it to the man
- I really don’t like microsoft.
- support the philosophy
- As good and sometimes better than commercially distributed offerings
- Its the only thing that the software support.
- Is fun
- faster and secure
- I’m learning it for my job.
- more secure than windows
- Works equal to other options, but more cost effective
- I can’t walk the OS walk at work, if I don’t also walk it at home. Plus, it is an easier way to test something out and the cost is a factor.
- originally started with firefox to use zotero, which I have since stopped using
- I like the open source concept
- supposed to be better security
- As an interesting option and flexibility
- I like to support independent thought