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UKUUG Membership Survey 2005 - Results

UKUUG carried out a survey of members in February 2005. The purpose of this survey was two-fold: to provide a demographic of members that might be of interest to potential commercial sponsors; and to find out from members where they think we should be focusing our efforts.

The raw survey results can be found below.


Which of the following best describes your main job function?

134 people answered this question.

Systems Administration 49 36.6%
System Design/Software Engineering 20 14.9%
Network/Infrastructure Management 12 9.0%
Programming 12 9.0%
Other 12 9.0%
Research and Development 7 5.2%
IT Security 5 3.7%
Training/Education 4 3.0%
Data Centre Management 3 2.2%
Sales/Marketing 3 2.2%
User Support 3 2.2%
Risk Management 1 0.7%
Auditing 0 0.0%
Disaster Recovery 0 0.0%
Finance/Purchasing 0 0.0%
Legal/Compliance 0 0.0%

Which other roles do you undertake in your job?

131 people answered this question.

Programming 78 59.5%
User Support 78 59.5%
IT Security 68 51.9%
System Design/Software Engineering 64 48.9%
Systems Administration 64 48.9%
Network/Infrastructure Management 62 47.3%
Research and Development 56 42.7%
Training/Education 49 37.4%
Disaster Recovery 44 33.6%
Finance/Purchasing 26 19.8%
Legal/Compliance 22 16.8%
Data Centre Management 20 15.3%
Risk Management 16 12.2%
Auditing 15 11.5%
Sales/Marketing 10 7.6%
Other 3 2.3%

Which of the following best describes your position in your organization?

134 people answered this question.

Technical Specialist 75 56.0%
IT Management 24 17.9%
Analyst/Consultant 15 11.2%
Corporate/board level responsibility for IT 9 6.7%
Student/Trainee 4 3.0%
Director level responsible for IT 3 2.2%
Other corporate/board level 2 1.5%
Other director level 1 0.7%
General Management 1 0.7%

Which of the following best describes your role in purchasing decisions?

134 people answered this question.

Decision maker 45 33.6%
Significantly influence the decision 45 33.6%
Somewhat influence the decision 32 23.9%
No involvement 12 9.0%

Please indicate your organization's main activity:

134 people answered this question.

Education/Training 45 33.6%
IT Consultancy 21 15.7%
Software Development 11 8.2%
IT (General) 10 7.5%
Service Provider 8 6.0%
Other 8 6.0%
Telecommunications 6 4.5%
Finance/Banking/Insurance 4 3.0%
Health/Pharmaceuticals 4 3.0%
Local/Central Government 4 3.0%
Other Manufacturing/Engineering 3 2.2%
Systems Integration 3 2.2%
IT Retail 2 1.5%
Public Services 2 1.5%
Construction/Agriculture/Mining 1 0.7%
Utilities/Energy/Water 1 0.7%
Catering/Hotels/Leisure/Entertainment 0 0.0%
Computer Manufacturing/Wholesale 0 0.0%
Distribution 0 0.0%
Reseller 0 0.0%
Transport/Travel 0 0.0%

How many employees are there in your organization?

133 people answered this question.

1-2 27 20.3%
1000-4999 26 19.5%
5000+ 24 18.0%
3-24 16 12.0%
200-499 12 9.0%
50-99 9 6.8%
100-199 8 6.0%
500-999 7 5.3%
25-49 4 3.0%

How long have you been a member of UKUUG?

134 people answered this question.

More than 5 years 56 41.8%
3-5 years 40 29.9%
Less than 1 year 19 14.2%
1-2 years 17 12.7%
Never been a member 1 0.7%
Membership lapsed 1 0.7%
Membership resigned 0 0.0%

Do you consider your UKUUG subscription good value for money?

134 people answered this question.

Very good 34 25.4%
Good 63 47.0%
Reasonable 35 26.1%
Poor 2 1.5%
Very poor 0 0.0%

What was your main reason for joining UKUUG?

133 people answered this question.

UKUUG conferences 71 53.4%
Meeting like-minded people 32 24.1%
Supporting the work of the organization 18 13.5%
UKUUG newsletter 11 8.3%
Discounts on books 1 0.8%
Other member discounts 0 0.0%

Are discounts on books, third-party training, and Internet hosting services an important factor in your continuing UKUUG membership?

133 people answered this question.

Very important 16 12.0%
Somewhat important 57 42.9%
Not important 60 45.1%

Have you attended a UKUUG Linux Technical Conference in the last 2 years?

134 people answered this question.

Yes 50 37.3%
No 84 62.7%

If you answered no to the previous question, why not?

84 people answered this question.

Lack of time 45 53.6%
Inconvenient location 21 25.0%
Other 14 16.7%
Inconvenient date 12 14.3%
Subject matter not of interest 9 10.7%
Too expensive 4 4.8%

Should UKUUG continue to organize an annual Linux Technical Conference?

133 people answered this question.

Definitely 76 57.1%
Probably 46 34.6%
Don't know 11 8.3%
Probably not 0 0.0%
Definitely not 0 0.0%

Have you attended a UKUUG LISA/Winter Conference in the last 2 years?

132 people answered this question.

Yes 35 26.5%
No 97 73.5%

If you answered no to the previous question, why not?

98 people answered this question.

Lack of time 56 57.1%
Inconvenient location 21 21.4%
Subject matter not of interest 20 20.4%
Inconvenient date 18 18.4%
Other 14 14.3%
Too expensive 4 4.1%

Should UKUUG continue to organize an annual LISA/Winter conference?

133 people answered this question.

Definitely 51 38.3%
Probably 60 45.1%
Don't know 20 15.0%
Probably not 2 1.5%
Definitely not 0 0.0%

What topics would you like to see covered at future UKUUG conferences?

133 people answered this question.

Network security 97 72.9%
Operating-system security 96 72.2%
Linux Desktop 75 56.4%
Migrating to open source/open standards 75 56.4%
Linux Kernel 72 54.1%
Forensics 68 51.1%
Configuration management 68 51.1%
High availability 65 48.9%
File systems 64 48.1%
Databases 60 45.1%
Commercial Unix (Solaris, AIX, etc.) 54 40.6%
Kernel Internals 51 38.3%
Perl 50 37.6%
Office/productivity software 46 34.6%
LAMP 46 34.6%
GNOME 42 31.6%
Python 37 27.8%
FreeBSD 36 27.1%
C programming 34 25.6%
OpenBSD 32 24.1%
KDE 31 23.3%
NetBSD 24 18.0%
Java 23 17.3%
Ruby 17 12.8%
Other 15 11.3%

Have you attended a UKUUG tutorial in the last 2 years?

134 people answered this question.

Yes 47 35.1%
No 87 64.9%

If you answered no to the previous question, why not?

85 people answered this question.

Lack of time 47 55.3%
Subject matter not of interest 17 20.0%
Other 16 18.8%
Inconvenient location 13 15.3%
Inconvenient date 11 12.9%
Too expensive 7 8.2%

What subjects would you like to see covered by future UKUUG tutorials?

122 people answered this question.

Operating-system security 81 66.4%
Network security 80 65.6%
Forensics 63 51.6%
Configuration management 55 45.1%
Linux Kernel 54 44.3%
High availability 52 42.6%
File systems 49 40.2%
Databases 48 39.3%
Kernel Internals 45 36.9%
Perl 44 36.1%
Linux Desktop 43 35.2%
DNS/BIND 37 30.3%
GNOME 34 27.9%
C programming 34 27.9%
Python 34 27.9%
Office/productivity software 33 27.0%
Commercial Unix (Solaris, AIX, etc.) 30 24.6%
LAMP 30 24.6%
KDE 24 19.7%
OpenBSD 23 18.9%
FreeBSD 23 18.9%
Java 20 16.4%
NetBSD 15 12.3%
Ruby 15 12.3%
Other 9 7.4%

Should UKUUG work with local user groups to provide basic training and certification?

132 people answered this question.

Definitely 25 18.9%
Probably 58 43.9%
Don't know 38 28.8%
Probably not 11 8.3%
Definitely not 0 0.0%

Should UKUUG take on a Government lobbying role?

133 people answered this question.

Definitely 44 33.1%
Probably 57 42.9%
Don't know 16 12.0%
Probably not 16 12.0%
Definitely not 0 0.0%

Should UKUUG encourage its membership to take on an activist role in lobbying local/central Government?

134 people answered this question.

Definitely 36 26.9%
Probably 52 38.8%
Don't know 28 20.9%
Probably not 17 12.7%
Definitely not 1 0.7%

Would you be willing to participate in such activism?

132 people answered this question.

Yes 73 55.3%
No 59 44.7%

Should UKUUG have a paid spokesperson/campaigns manager to oversee our lobbying and activism activities?

134 people answered this question.

Definitely 13 9.7%
Probably 50 37.3%
Don't know 46 34.3%
Probably not 20 14.9%
Definitely not 5 3.7%

Would you be willing to pay an increased membership fee or donate to a campaign fund to cover this expense?

129 people answered this question.

Yes 80 62.0%
No 49 38.0%

Do you read the UKUUG newsletter?

134 people answered this question.

Do not receive the newsletter 3 2.2%
Do not read the newsletter 2 1.5%
Read some articles in some issues 18 13.4%
Read some articles in every issue 52 38.8%
Read most articles in every issue 59 44.0%

Which sections of the newsletter do you consider most useful?

120 people answered this question.

In-depth articles 90 75.0%
Book reviews 85 70.8%
News items 52 43.3%
Announcements 44 36.7%
Diary 32 26.7%
Soap box 21 17.5%
Other 2 1.7%

How many other people read your copy of the UKUUG newsletter?

129 people answered this question.

Nobody 84 65.1%
One other person 28 21.7%
Two or three other people 14 10.9%
More than three other people 3 2.3%

Should UKUUG continue to produce a printed newsletter?

134 people answered this question.

Definitely 41 30.6%
Probably 50 37.3%
Don't know 12 9.0%
Probably not 28 20.9%
Definitely not 3 2.2%

Should the UKUUG newsletter move to online publication only?

134 people answered this question.

Definitely 9 6.7%
Probably 46 34.3%
Don't know 15 11.2%
Probably not 47 35.1%
Definitely not 17 12.7%

Should UKUUG discontinue production of its own newsletter and include subscription to a third-party magazine for members?

134 people answered this question.

Definitely 1 0.7%
Probably 12 9.0%
Don't know 42 31.3%
Probably not 50 37.3%
Definitely not 29 21.6%

Should UKUUG produce white papers on topical subjects in free and open source software?

133 people answered this question.

Definitely 45 33.8%
Probably 74 55.6%
Don't know 13 9.8%
Probably not 1 0.8%
Definitely not 0 0.0%

Should UKUUG produce informative leaflets for distribution at trade fairs, local user groups, etc.

133 people answered this question.

Definitely 40 30.1%
Probably 72 54.1%
Don't know 17 12.8%
Probably not 4 3.0%
Definitely not 0 0.0%

Should UKUUG attempt to negotiate member discounts with software vendors (RedHat, Novell, etc.)?

133 people answered this question.

Definitely 29 21.8%
Probably 54 40.6%
Don't know 27 20.3%
Probably not 21 15.8%
Definitely not 2 1.5%

I am a service provider or software/hardware vendor and might be interested in providing discounts to UKUUG members:

126 people answered this question.

Yes 6 4.8%
No 120 95.2%

Special interest groups (SIGs) provide mailing lists and a forum for members to meet and discuss areas of particular interest. Please indicate below if you would like to join (or coordinate) a special interest group:

87 people answered this question.

Linux 57 65.5%
BSD 18 20.7%
Apple 19 21.8%
Systems Administration 57 65.5%
Other 9 10.3%

UKUUG is governed by an elected Council of management, but much of the day-to-day running of the organization is facilitated by working groups. Please indicate below if you would like to participate in any UKUUG working groups:

34 people answered this question.

Events (general) 14 41.2%
Linux Technical Conference 13 38.2%
Newsletter 11 32.4%
Membership and Marketing 8 23.5%
LISA/Winter Conference 7 20.6%
Schools 7 20.6%
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