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I would like to gently remind anyone interested that the survey will
be closed on 18.07.2016.
As stated in the previous mailing we are interested in the experience
and opinion of people
involved in both FLOSS and configuration systems. This includes
developers who use or have used
configuration related artefacts in their contributions. e.g. also
accessing and using environment
variables for configuration.

As concern of my credibility where raised on two mailing lists I would
like to be clearer in this regard.

For concerns regarding using a gmail address: I barely use my
university email, only when explicitly needed.
Why? Because it is a temporary mail address. Once I finished my
studies it will be deactivated. Also I use my
gmail address for contributions. If you still have any concerns feel
free to contact me at e1026292 at tuwien ac at
or check my github profile

As for concerns regarding the Elektra Initiative itself you can see
its members at
In addition you can see offered thesis at

We also hold regular meetings. If you are living near Vienna and are
interested in the topic of configuration
systems in FLOSS, feel free to contact us to be added to the mailing list.

best regards,
Gabriel Rauter

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Gabriel Rauter <>
Date: 2016-06-14 20:48 GMT+02:00
Subject: Survey: Relevance of Configuration Systems in Free and Open
Source Software

Dear developers, contributors and caretakers of free and open source software.
If you are involved in the development of free and open source
software (FLOSS) you are the person we are looking for.

It would be a great help if you take this survey:

It will be available till 18.07.2016 (anywhere on earth).

For every thoroughly and not anonymously finished survey € 40 cent
will be donated to one of the following organizations of your choice:

For every thoroughly and not anonymously finished survey € 40 (at
least € 200 in total) cent will be donated.
The donation goes to one organisation of your choice.
You need to enter your e-mail address to participate.
Then you can select between following projects:

- LimeSurvey (LimeService, kindly hosts this survey)
- SPI (General Donation: 0 A.D., LibreOffice, Debian, ArchLinux, …)
- Mozilla (Firefox)
- Wikimedia Foundation (Wikipedia)

So if you know anyone suited for this survey please feel free to share it.

As part of the ongoing research on the topic of configuration systems
in free and open  source software here at Vienna University of
Technology, we would like to invite you to participate in this short
survey. It should only take you 15 minutes, promised!

By supporting us through this survey, you help the research by
providing relevant input on this topic.
In addition the anonymised results will be released under an open
licence, so other projects with involvement in configuration in free
and open source software can benefit from it too.

In addition the results will be anonymised and made freely available.
Just leave your address at the end of the survey and we will send it to you.

For further questions regarding this survey or interest in the
research of configuration systems feel free to contact as

If you have not done it yet, we would appreciate if you take our
survey at before the 18.07.2016.

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