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Our survey results

This is the full description and analysis of our survey of current users in K-12.
See "What are educators using?" for a summary.

What are they using?

Operating systems | 75 Responses; April 2004 | Index | Analysis

Do you use open source operating system(s) (e.g. Linux) for:
Your desktop computer?
Yes 72 96%
No 3 4%
A thin client server?
Yes 40 53%
No 35 47%
Another kind of server?
Yes 60 80%
No 15 20%
Student desktop computers? (not thin clients)
Yes 24 32%
No 51 68%
Teacher/staff desktop computers? (not thin clients)
Yes 29 39%
No 46 61%

Backend solutions | 75 Responses; April 2004 | Index | Analysis

Do you use open source in the "back-end" for:
Web hosting? (e.g. Apache)
Yes 53 71%
No 22 29%
A Domain Name Server (DNS)? (e.g. Bind)
Yes 33 44%
No 42 56%
Web filtering? (e.g. SquidGuard, Dans Guard)
Yes 39 52%
No 36 48%
An email server (e.g. Sendmail)
Yes 41 55%
No 34 45%
A Web proxy server (e.g. Squid)
Yes 43 57%
No 32 43%
Security of firewalls (e.g. OpenLDAP, IPCop)
Yes 41 55%
No 34 45%
Finance or payroll system
Yes 3 4%
No 72 96%

Fronted solutions | 75 Responses; April 2004 | Index | Analysis

Do you use open source in the "front-end" for:
Student Web browsing? (e.g. Mozilla)
Yes 44 59%
No 31 41%
Teacher/staff Web browsing? (e.g. Mozilla)
Yes 40 53%
No 35 47%
Student productivity? (e.g. OpenOffice.org)
Yes 49 65%
No 26 35%
Teacher/staff productivity? (e.g. OpenOffice.org)
Yes 43 57%
No 32 43%
Other productivity? (e.g. GIMP, Web editing)
Yes 39 52%
No 36 48%

Recycled Hardware | 75 Responses; April 2004 | Index | Analysis

Do you use open source software with donated or recycled hardware?
Yes 55 73%
No 20 27%

Why backend | 70 Responses; April 2004 | Index | Analysis

Open source in the "back-end" (e.g. Web hosting, DNS, Web filtering)... How did the following influence your decision?
Customization
Don't know 1 2%
No importance 4 6%
Not very important 11 17%
Important 32 50%
Very important 16 25%
Desirable Features
Don't know 1 2%
No importance 1 2%
Not very important 4 6%
Important 36 56%
Very important 22 34%
Interoperability
Don't know 1 2%
No importance 2 3%
Not very important 6 9%
Important 27 42%
Very important 28 44%
Price
Don't know 1 2%
No importance 0 0%
Not very important 3 5%
Important 7 31%
Very important 53 83%
Reliability
Don't know 1 2%
No importance 0 0%
Not very important 1 2%
Important 12 19%
Very important 50 78%
Reputation
Don't know 1 2%
No importance 5 8%
Not very important 17 27%
Important 27 42%
Very important 14 22%
License Convenience
Don't know 1 2%
No importance 2 3%
Not very important 3 5%
Important 14 22%
Very important 44 69%
Security
Don't know 1 2%
No importance 0 0%
Not very important 2 3%
Important 20 31%
Very important 41 64%

Why backend (combined) | 64 Responses; April 2004 | Index | Analysis

How did the following influence your decision? (backend)
"Important" or "Very Important"
Customization 48 75%
Desirable Features 58 91%
Interoperability 55 86%
Price 60 94%
Reliability 62 97%
Reputation 41 64%
License Convenience 58 91%
Security 61 95%

Why frontend | 46 Responses; April 2004 | Index | Analysis

Open source in the "front-end" (e.g. Web browsing, productivity)... How did the following influence your decision?
Customization
Don't know 2 4%
No importance 5 9%
Not very important 11 19%
Important 30 53%
Very important 9 16%
Desirable Features
Don't know 0 0%
No importance 0 0%
Not very important 7 12%
Important 32 56%
Very important 18 32%
Interoperability
Don't know 0 0%
No importance 3 5%
Not very important 6 11%
Important 18 32%
Very important 30 53%
Price
Don't know 0 0%
No importance 1 2%
Not very important 2 4%
Important 9 16%
Very important 45 79%
Reliability
Don't know 0 0%
No importance 0 0%
Not very important 1 2%
Important 21 37%
Very important 35 61%
Reputation
Don't know 0 0%
No importance 7 12%
Not very important 17 30%
Important 24 42%
Very important 9 16%
License Convenience
Don't know 0 0%
No importance 2 4%
Not very important 3 5%
Important 13 23%
Very important 39 68%
Security
Don't know 1 2%
No importance 0 0%
Not very important 3 5%
Important 18 32%
Very important 35 61%
Students and staff can take software home
Don't know 0 0%
No importance 6 11%
Not very important 10 18%
Important 18 32%
Very important 23 40%

Why frontend (combined) | 46 Responses; April 2004 | Index | Analysis

How did the following influence your decision? (frontend)
"Important" or "Very Important"
Customization 39 68%
Desirable Features 50 88%
Interoperability 48 84%
Price 54 95%
Reliability 56 98%
Reputation 33 58%
Students and staff can take software home 41 72%

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