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A student hopes to learn more about the Debian Community and Free/Open Source Software

Dear friends,

I have been reading your postings to this mailing list. I have really enjoyed reading about your perspectives on the Free/Open Source Software phenomenon.

My name is Tiebing Shi and I am a Ph.D. student at Queen's University in Canada. I am very interested in learning more about the Free/Open Source Software Community. The study that I am doing for my Ph.D. thesis is called "User Creativity: An Investigation of the Free/Open Source Software Community." I sincerely invite you to participate in my study. I would like to interview you in your role as a developer and user in the legendary Debian Community. Your experiences of developing and using Debian programs and your perspectives on the Free/Open Source Software will greatly help me to understand the creative activities of the Debian Community and the FOSS community as a whole. If your time permits, I would like to interview you via phone (if you like, we can conduct our interview via email). The phone interview will last about 1 hour.

Please be kindly informed that there is no obligation to participate in this study. But your participation will be highly appreciated. Your confidentiality will be protected. For example, your real name will NOT be used in my thesis and future publications. Further information about my study and ways to protect your confidentiality will be provided to you upon request.

Please respond to this email to let me know your interest in participating in a phone (or email) interview with me. By email, we can determine a time for an interview that is most convenient for you. Please also let me know your phone number and time zone (my time zone is Eastern Daylight Time) so that I can call you at your local time you select.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will respond to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support and I look forward to talking with you.


Tiebing Shi
Ph.D. Candidate (Marketing)
Queen's School of Business
Queen's University
Kingston, ON, Canada
K7L 3N6
Tel:  1-(613) 547-5822
Cell: 1-(613) 214-7180
E-mail: tshi@business.queensu.ca

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