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UnixWorld Survey Results

Thanks to all who filled out our recent UnixWorld Survey. We greatly appreciate your time but especially your interest in and support of UnixWorld. Be sure to check back often as we implement your ideas and comments throughout 1999. But for now, sit back, relax and see how your fellow Unix-enthusiasts feel about Unix OSes, programming languages, applications and systems management technologies.

You can browse the survey results in three ways:

Bar charts of select survey results (percentage of all respondents)

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Select user comments

When asked if you had any further comments or suggestions, you said:

  • I started out depending on Unix World many years ago. Without the resource of the magazine and excellent coverage of Unix, I'd still be reading the manual.
  • Your Tutorial section needs to be beefed up with more current technologies. Also you need to add a new section on Integration i.e Unix and NT, Unix and NetWare, etc. as this is very relevant in today's multi-platform environments.
  • Just to clarify, I am quite dismayed and saddened by the steady retreat from Unix-specific such as your late, great UnixWorld publication. I, and I suspect many other Unix sysadmins, found a wealth of useful information in that magazine and the subsequent related web site. I have no interest in, nor time to devote to, NT except as a user.
  • Python, tck/tk, mac os x server
  • Macintosh networking issues and subjects
  • Some of us need UNIX but don't love it...give us what we need to know to get by!
  • I would like to see more coverage of/info about Solaris x86 and the *BSD operating environments which run on Intel compatible hardware, and less hype about Linux and NT.
  • Linux is clearly becoming a force in the UNIX world. I would like to see articles about integrating new products in Linux.
  • Although I did not know the existence of UnixWorld until recent, I actually find it very useful and resourceful to me, as I'm just a novice in Unix platform. Thank you and keep up the great work!
  • Excellent. Telling all my friends.... I especially like your current series on setting up Linux network services. Very practical. All theory and hearsay (news) is boring sometimes.
  • In General I am a fairly new Unix Systems Administrator (HP-UX). My systems are generally stable for the most part and I can't afford to bring a system down to practice. It would be nice to see you put Unix commands and explanations out here for guys like me. Thanks!

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Complete numerical results (percentage of all respondents)

Operating Systems
Linux 79%
Solaris 2.x 58%
HP-UX 31%
BSD/BSDI/Public Domain BSD 30%
AIX 29%
SCO Unix 24%
System V, Release 4 23%
SunOS 4.x (Solaris 1.x) 22%
IRIX 16%
System V, pre-Release 4 4%

Shell programming 73%
TCP/IP 72%
Perl 62%
C Programming 60%
Java 59%
C++ Programming 54%
Javascript 42%
Sockets 41%
awk/sed 41%
CGI 41%
CDE/Motif/Openlook/X Windows 40%
vi/ex 39%
Device Drivers 30%
Distributed Computing Environment 26%
RPC 24%
Non-network IPC (pipes, semaphores, etc.) 20%
Parallel programming 19%
High-level languages (4GLs, etc) 18%
curses library 14%
Imake 14%
Emacs (GNU) 14%
yacc 11%
Internationalization 9%
TLI 6%
XDR 6%

Servers 73%
PCs that run UNIX 73%
Workstations 64%
Networking hardware (routers, Ethernet boards, etc) 60%
Storage devices (disks, tapes, etc) 59%
Communications (modems, fax boards, etc.) 51%
X Terminals 43%
Memory 41%
Portable computers 38%
Power protection (UPS) 34%
Printers and plotters 34%
Terminal servers 32%
Frame buffers/graphics accelerators 29%
Input devices (mice, scanners, etc.) 28%
Buses 24%
Serial Terminals 19%

Databases 65%
Electronic mail 62%
GUIs 53%
Office automation 35%
Document management 34%
Multimedia 34%
Data conversion/transfer 27%
Volume Management Software 26%
Publishing 25%
License managers 22%
Data Modeling 21%
Data Mining 19%
Mathematics/Statistical 18%
OLTP 16%

Network/System/Internet Management
TCP/IP network security 74%
File services - NFS, SMB, etc. 69%
Basic Unix System Administration 65%
PPP 63%
Electronic mail 62%
Network administration 60%
Performance monitoring 59%
Domain Name Service and BIND 57%
Web server management 57%
Security tools 54%
Sendmail 53%
System Performance Tuning 53%
Network Management systems 52%
Directory services 51%
Public-domain and freely redistributable software 50%
Backup systems 50%
Disk Storage/RAID/SCSI/Fibre Channel 49%
Telecommunications (ATM, ISDN, Frame Relay, etc.) 49%
Database management 49%
SNMP 48%
Database/middleware platforms 47%
Public-domain text archives (FAQs, RFCs, etc.) 45%
Internet navigation tools (archie, gopher, Motif, etc.) 43%
Network Print Services 43%
Network Information System (formerly Yellow Pages) 41%
SLIP 27%
Accounting for resource usage 25%
Termcap and Terminfo 25%
AFS/DFS/other distributed file systems 22%
UUCP configuration and management 21%
Teleconferencing on the MBONE 19%
HSM 19%

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