LibreOffice Icon Test: Where are the women?

More than 3000 users took part in the first two LibreOffice icon tests. The demographics prove us to have gathered reliable data.

What a vivid community! We asked the users of LibreOffice to take part in our Icon Tests and about 1500 participants joined each of the tests within a week. The first test used the Tango, the second the Oxygen icon set.

For the tests we used the tool tip of the icon within LibreOffice Writer as stimulus. They were presented randomly along all 24 icons (read more about the methodology of testing icons). In both test we asked the same demographic questions to be able to describe the population that took part.

Great User Feedback

In total 1998 participants started the Tango test and 1493 finished it. This „responder quote“ of 74% is fairly high for an online study that takes some minutes. In the Oxygen study 2527 participants started and 1645 finished. The drop out of about 35% is still good for online studies.

The second study attracted more people because we got a contributor who translated it into Spanish (see Table 5 below). Next to this both studies were run in English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian and Polish. So if you want to help us to conduct the next survey in your language as well – and hence to increase your cultural impact – just drop me a mail.

The population of users is about equal in both studies. Most users are below 40 years old as you can see from Table 1.

Table 1: Age distribution

Age Tango (in %) Oxygen (in %)
0-20 7 9
20-30 44 53
30-40 27 24
40-50 13 9
50-60 6 4
60+ 2 2

Where are the women?

Table 2 shows the typical bias towards a male population in free software surveys. If you have any idea how to get a better ration here, please use the comments to share it!

Table 2: Sex distribution

Sex Tango (in %) Oxygen (in %)
Female 2 3
Male 98 97

In Table 3 you can see that users use Writer and Calc on a very frequent base. Impress still gets quite high ratio of usage but the other applications Draw, Base and Maths are only used rarely

Table 3: Usage of LibreOffice Components

Usage of Tango
(mean; 1=never, 5=daily)
Oxygen
(mean; 1=never, 5=daily)
Writer 3.82 3.79
Calc 3.32 3.17
Impress 2.21 2.28
Draw 1.89 1.86
Base 1.43 1.47
Math 1.65 1.75

The typical user we reached uses a Linux Machine. Table 4 lists the details.

Table 4: Usage of operating systems

OS Tango (in %) Oxygen (in %)
Windows 21 17
Mac OS 4 3
Linux (KDE) 36 42
Linux (Gnome) 36 35
Other 3 4

LibreOffice all over the world

Last you can see in the rather lengthy Table 5 that we got feedback from over 100 countries. Here you can see how much more users we got from Spanish speaking countries in the Oxygen test, proving how important localisation of the tests is.

Table 5: Countries of origin of the participants

Country Tango (No. of participants) Oxygen (No. of participants)
Afghanistan 2
Albania 1
American Samoa 1
Andorra 1 1
Argentina 14 106
Armenia 1
Australia 12 11
Austria 14 16
Belarus 7 1
Belgium 21 26
Bolivia 2
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 1
Bouvet Island 1
Brazil 35 31
Bulgaria 1
Cambodia 1
Canada 30 20
Chile 6 36
China 3 3
Cocos (Keeling) Islands 1
Colombia 4 49
Costa Rica 2 5
Croatia 3
Cuba 24
Czech Republic 16 12
Denmark 35 28
Dominica 1
Dominican Republic 5
Ecuador 8
Egypt 1
El Salvador 1 17
Estonia 2 3
Ethiopia 1
Fiji 1
Finland 8 12
France 105 57
French Guiana 1
French Polynesia 2
Germany 179 172
Gibraltar 1
Greece 4 5
Greenland 1 1
Guatemala 5
Honduras 3
Hong Kong 1 1
Hungary 12 9
Iceland 2 1
India 10 6
Indonesia 6 2
Ireland 3 2
Israel 44 5
Italy 241 35
Jamaica 1
Japan 16 11
Jersey 1
Kazakhstan 1
Kenya 1
Latvia 4 2
Lebanon 1 2
Lithuania 6 3
Luxembourg 1 1
Macedonia 1 1
Malaysia 2
Malta 1
Mauritius 1
Mexico 7 95
Moldova 2 2
Morocco 1 1
Netherlands 18 37
New Zealand 3 3
Nicaragua 2
Niue 1
Norway 5 3
Panama 1 5
Paraguay 1
Peru 16
Poland 26 30
Portugal 18 8
Puerto Rico 4
Romania 11 6
Russia 204 237
Saudi Arabia 1
Serbia 1 2
Singapore 1
Slovakia 3 2
Slovenia 10 9
South Africa 4 2
South Sudan 1
Spain 31 179
Sri Lanka 1
Sweden 19 13
Switzerland 19 9
Taiwan 3
Tanzania 1
Thailand 2 1
Turkey 11 7
Ukraine 37 46
United Arab Emirates 1
United Kingdom 55 48
United States 80 65
Uruguay 1 8
Uzbekistan 1 1
Venezuela 15
Zimbabwe 1

Conclusion

As always it’s surprising how agile the LO community is and how many people participate in such tests. With a distribution of users like we have reached, we can split data on several parameters and still have enough values for valid evaluations.

The corresponding values in both tests are a strong indicator for the gathering of representative data. Still, it would be good to mobilize female users for the next tests. We are convinced there are more female users of LibreOffice out there.

Join with your expertise

As always: If you are interest in the raw data, simply join the LibreOffice project on UserWeave and add your own thoughts and findings in the comments.