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Which computer Operating System do you currently use most often?  

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  1. 1. Which computer Operating System do you currently use most often?

    • Windows 95/98/ME
      5
    • Windows NT
      0
    • Windows 2000
      9
    • Windows XP
      39
    • Mac OS/OS X
      4
    • Unix/Linux
      0
    • Other
      0


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The apparent unavailability/incompatibility (at the time, about 18 months ago, as far as I knew anyway) of NVivo7 for Mac heavily influenced what computer I bought.

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Please let us know which computer operating system you currently use most often.

 

Hi Adam

 

You fail the first requirement of good research in that your sample is polluted by the fact that QSR only offers product for Microsoft OS.

 

About a third of people in our research centre use Macs. We like N-Vivo but are frustrated by having to run it in emulation mode. We are looking out for a good alternative. You may wake up one day to find that we have left the fold.

 

Our preference would be for you to be the company that offers us the alternative.

 

cheers

 

Stephen

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Hi Adam

 

You fail the first requirement of good research in that your sample is polluted by the fact that QSR only offers product for Microsoft OS.

 

About a third of people in our research centre use Macs. We like N-Vivo but are frustrated by having to run it in emulation mode. We are looking out for a good alternative. You may wake up one day to find that we have left the fold.

 

Our preference would be for you to be the company that offers us the alternative.

 

cheers

 

Stephen

 

Hello Stephen,

 

Thank you for your feedback.

 

You may find http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_os.asp of interest. Over the past 5 years the percentage of Mac users worldwide has grown substantially.

 

As you are aware, since Mac's went Intel, there are several options of running Windows (e.g. Bootcamp, Parallels, and Fusion) on a Mac. I would be interested in understanding why you find virtualization of Windows on a Mac frustrating.

 

You may be surprised to hear that we even have Macs at QSR.

 

Kind Regards

Adam

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You may find http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_os.asp of interest. Over the past 5 years the percentage of Mac users worldwide has grown substantially.

 

It's interesting that that the Linux figures are in the same ball park as the MAC figures. It used to be an OS for enthusiasts but the latest distros (e.g. OpenSUSE 11) are pretty easy to install and use. In the last year all the big OEMs HP, Dell and Lenovo starting shipping pre-installed Linux desktop and laptop machines to anyone who wanted one, not just businesses. Seven of the top 20 best selling laptops on Amazon currently come preloaded with Linux. As in the web server space and embedded appliance space, where Linux dominates, the economics are ultimately in favor of Linux on the desktop because it is free and comes installed with a stack of software that allows you to do just about anything (QDA excepted) that would cost you an arm and a leg if you had to buy the equivalent from Microsoft, Adobe, etc. Even if you buy a Windows machine in the next year or so chances are you'll get Linux anyway as HP, Dell and others are starting to bake it into the motherboard hardware.

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