Jefferson Lab
Residence Facility Computer Survey Results
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    Here are the results of the survey concerning the residence facility computers. The original survey form can be found here. The email announcement of the survey to the Jlab User's Group mailing list can be found here.


    Total number of respondents to the survey = 104

    1. Status:

    Grad student Postdoc Professor Research Staff Other
    10 (10%) 7 (7%) 57 (54%) 28 (27%) 2 (2%)


    2. Do you typically bring your own laptop computer to use in the residence facility?


    All Grad Student Postdoc Professor Research Staff Other
    Yes 44 (43%) 4 (40%) 4 (57%) 31 (54%) 5 (19%) 0 (0%)
    No 59 (57%) 6 (60%) 3 (43%) 26 (46%) 22 (81%) 2 (100%)

    Please fill out the remainder of the survey only if you don't routinely bring a laptop to the residence facility.

    3. Do you depend on the residence facility to provide a computer in your room?


    All Grad Student Postdoc Professor Research Staff Other
    Yes 56 (70%) 6 (86%) 1 (14%) 25 (66%) 23 (88%) 1 (50%)
    No 24 (30%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%) 13 (34%) 3 (12%) 1 (50%)

    4. For what purposes do you currently use the computers in the residence facility rooms (check all that apply):


    All Grad Student Postdoc Professor Research Staff Other
    Email access 69 (91%) 6 (86%) 6 (100%) 32 (91%) 23 (88%) 2 (100%)
    Microsoft Office Applications 14 (18%) 1 (14%) 1 (17%) 7 (20%) 3 (12%) 2 (100%)
    Internet access 60 (79%) 6 (86%) 4 (67%) 29 (83%) 19 (73%) 2 (100%)
    Monitor experiment at lab 35 (46%) 3 (43%) 2 (33%) 18 (51%) 12 (46%) 0 (0%)
    Access central systems at the lab 39 (51%) 2 (29%) 3 (50%) 19 (54%) 15 (58%) 0 (0%)
    Printing 25 (33%) 2 (29%) 3 (50%) 10 (29%) 9 (35%) 1 (50%)
    Other uses 3 (4%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (4%) 0 (0%)

    5. Presumably, many users only use the existing residence facility computers for limited purposes since they are out of date. If better computers (like the thin clients) are available, then what purposes would you likely use the computers for (check all that apply):


    All Grad Student Postdoc Professor Research Staff Other
    Email access 73 (96%) 7 (100%) 6 (100%) 34 (97%) 24 (92%) 2 (100%)
    Microsoft Office applications 29 (38%) 3 (14%) 2 (33%) 12 (34%) 10 (38%) 2 (100%)
    Internet access 69 (91%) 7 (100%) 6 (100%) 29 (83%) 25 (96%) 2 (100%)
    Monitor experiment at lab 49 (64%) 4 (57%) 3 (50%) 21 (60%) 21 (81%) 0 (0%)
    Access central systems at the lab 61 (80%) 6 (86%) 5 (83%) 24 (69%) 25 (96%) 1 (50%)
    Printing 42 (55%) 3 (43%) 4 (67%) 22 (63%) 12 (46%) 1 (50%)
    Other uses 7 (9%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 3 (9%) 3 (12%) 0 (0%)

    6. If it is possible to provide easy access on the thin clients to both Windows and Unix/Linux type operating systems would you use both?


    All Grad Student Postdoc Professor Research Staff Other
    Yes 51 (65%) 6 (86%) 5 (100%) 20 (53%) 20 (77%) 0 (0%)
    No 27 (35%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 18 (47%) 6 (23%) 2 (100%)

    7. If it is only possible to provide easy access to one operating system on the thin clients, which would you prefer?


    All Grad Student Postdoc Professor Research Staff Other
    Windows 21 (27%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 12 (33%) 5 (19%) 2 (100%)
    Linux/Unix 59 (73%) 7 (100%) 5 (71%) 24 (67%) 21 (81%) 0 (0%)

    8. Do you ever use the thin client computers that are available in the residence facility Great Room?


    All Grad Student Postdoc Professor Research Staff Other
    Yes 46 (59%) 4 (57%) 6 (100%) 18 (49%) 17 (65%) 1 (50%)
    No 32 (41%) 3 (43%) 0 (0%) 19 (51%) 9 (35%) 1 (50%)

    9.If you have any comments that you would like to add, please type them below. Some things that it would be useful to have feedback on are:
    * Do you use the residence facility computers in ways that were not covered in the questions?
    * Are there other software applications you would like to see installed?
    * What is your ideal scenario for computers at the residence facility?
    All of the comments received can be found here.