My name is Jan Fredrik Stoveland, and I am a masters student at the
University of Oslo writing a thesis on firm-sponsored open source
communities. openSUSE is the main case for the study. I have been granted
permission to send you this email by the openSUSE management, and I hope
you do not mind receiving it. I would like to ask all active members of
this mailinglist to participate in a brief, anonymous electronic survey
targeted at active contributors in the openSUSE community. So if you
regularly post messages on this list to help other users, I would
appreciate if you participate in the survey. Other users may participate
too. The research is funded by the University, and is independent of any
commercial interests. The link to the survey is here:
The questions in the survey concern your current engagement in the
openSUSE community, your reasons for participating in the community and
your affiliation with Novell. I expect the survey will take you maximum 10
minutes to complete, unless you find any questions difficult to answer.
What do you get in return for doing this? The results from the survey will
be published on opensuse.org
, and the thesis with other interesting
findings about your community will be published around May next year.
Hopefully this will be of interest to you. But first of all I hope you
will contribute for the sake of research itself.
Thank you very much for your help!
Jan Fredrik Stoveland
Student of Sociology and Informatics
University of Oslo, Norway
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