Supplementary survey results

Note

The primary analyses have been published in:

Hanke, M. & Halchenko, Y. O. (2011). Neuroscience runs on GNU/Linux. Frontiers in Neuroinformatics, 5:8.

Submitter background

The figures in this section provide some information on the background of the participants in this survey: What data do they work with? Where are they coming from? What is their position? Whom are they employed by?

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Scientific computing environment preferences

This figures in this section expand the analysis on operating system environment preference, and illustrate the results of the rating analysis reported in the paper.

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Rating analyses

The figures in this section show rating statistics grouped by the respective operating system and use the same system color code as in the figure above. The segments in each bar indicate the frequency of individual rating options (from definitely disagree to definitely agree) in up to four levels of color saturation.

Personal environment

I prefer this particular scientific software environment because ...

... the developers of an important research software recommend it ratings_pers_os_pers_r1.png
... of the variety of available research software for this environment ratings_pers_os_pers_r2.png
... of the availability of commercial support ratings_pers_os_pers_r3.png
... many of my colleagues use something similar ratings_pers_os_pers_r4.png
... it is popular and I can get solutions for problems from web forums and mailing lists ratings_pers_os_pers_r5.png
... I rely on a particular application that runs in this environment only ratings_pers_os_pers_r6.png
... it has adequate support for all required hardware ratings_pers_os_pers_r7.png
... I have the necessary technical skills to maintain this environment myself ratings_pers_os_pers_r8.png

Managed environment

I agree with the statements

This environment provides me with the best available tools for my research ratings_man_os_man_r1.png
The support staff solves all my technical problems and addresses my demands in a timely fashion ratings_man_os_man_r2.png
There are always enough licenses for essential commercial software tools ratings_man_os_man_r3.png
I need to deploy additional software to be able to perform my research in this environment ratings_man_os_man_r4.png

Virtual environment (by host OS)

I agree with the statements

I can run software that is otherwise incompatible with my system ratings_virt_host_os_virt_r1.png
I have the ability to easily create a snapshot of my whole analysis environment ratings_virt_host_os_virt_r2.png
I can take my complete analysis environment with me and run it on different machines ratings_virt_host_os_virt_r3.png

Virtual environment (by guest OS)

I agree with the statements

I can run software that is otherwise incompatible with my system ratings_virt_guest_os_virt_r1.png
I have the ability to easily create a snapshot of my whole analysis environment ratings_virt_guest_os_virt_r2.png
I can take my complete analysis environment with me and run it on different machines ratings_virt_guest_os_virt_r3.png

Software resources

This section reports the results on where the survey participants obtain their research software from/

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Software popularity

The section on software popularity shows what software participants indicated to be using in their research activities – group by field of application.

Note

Entries which were either entered in “Other” field or were added to the survey form while survey was already running.

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Note

Entries which were either entered in “Other” field or were added to the survey form while survey was already running.

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