'Open Sourcing' Survey

martin f. krafft madduck at debian.org
Tue Jul 25 15:37:32 BST 2006

Dear bzr developers, please allow me to forward the following email
from my professor to you. The bzr project with Canonical in the
background seems ideal for the survey, so if some or all of you
would take five minutes of your time (it really doesn't take longer,
it's single page and requires no login or cookies), it would be
highly appreciated!

Also, if you can think of another of Canonical's projects except bzr
and Ubuntu where the survey would apply, please go ahead and forward



Dear FLOSSer,

We are doing some research on company-driven open sourcing, whereby
companies release what has typically been a proprietary product as open
source and seek to grow a community of developers around it. Both the
company and the developer community have mutual expectations of each
other, and if these are not fulfilled, the initiative may not be

We have derived a set of expectations for successful open-sourcing and
would like your feedback on these at

Pre-testing suggests that this questionnaire can be completed in about 5
minutes and you may win a Nokia 770 Internet Tablet.

We would be grateful if you could forward this to any other relevant
parties. We will be disseminating the research results widely (and a
copy would of course be available).

Brian Fitzgerald
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