Some time ago i had the idea to create a survey about Nix(OS), so we better understand which problems should get prioritized and where is potential for innovative features. It would also help to understand how the Community uses the software to better promote it.
Some quick ideas what we could learn:
- Which desktop environment does most users use on their main NixOS machine? (so we could focus to improve it and maybe make it default in graphical ISO)
- What OS did you use before NixOS?
- Where do you use NixOS? Desktop/Server/At Work/Embedded/???
- How would you describe yourself? Developer/Administrator/Linux enthusiast/Student/Scientist/…
- What do you like most about Nix/NixOS?
- What is the biggest problem Nix/NixOS has?
- Do you have any idea to improve Nix/NixOS?
But also a path like: Do you use NixOS? → No, Have you tried NixOS? → Yes, What was your experience trying NixOS?
The survey should be anonymous and the data released as open data and the results released under an open license. It should also be short, like 5 minutes.
What do you think about this idea?
Would you participate in such a survey?
Would you like to work on the survey and evaluation?
I would propose to create a working group for this tasks.
Next steps could be:
- find people to work on this
- evaluate survey software (TellForm looks very modern and user friendly, LimeSurvey is popular, formr might be interesting)
- collect questions that can give useful insights, also over time
- create the survey, find good time to get many participants (maybe shortly after a release to also get people who just tried it out?)
- do the survey, promote on all channels (IRC, Discourse, Twitter, Reddit, …)
- evaluate the results und publish them
- goto 3. for next year
We should also talk to other linux distros or projects how they do surveys. Maybe someone from academia has experience with survey design and evaluation.
(right now i struggle from burn-out and have decided to only care about my health, so the earliest i might be able to actively work on this is next year. but the idea keeps coming back to me, so i want to share it and maybe others would like to work on it)