Looking for real configuration data

From: Wei Zheng <zzzwei_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2009 07:50:03 -0700 (PDT)
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We are a computer systems research group at the Computer Science department at Rutgers University, and are conducting research on simplifying the software configuration process. The idea is to leverage
the configurations of existing users of a piece of software to ease the
configuration process for each new user of the software.

The reason for this message is that we would like to collect a large number of deployed configurations to help evaluate our ideas. Thus, we
ask systems administrators and end users to submit information about their
configurations for any software that they have had to configure, such as
Apache, MySQL, and Linux.

We hope that you have a few minutes to take our survey which is located at: http://vivo.cs.rutgers.edu/massconf/MassConf.html As an incentive, all surveys completed in their entirety will be entered
into a drawing of a number of $50 gift certificates (from Amazon.com).

Important: Our work is purely scientific, so we have no interest in any
private or commercially sensitive information that may come along with
your configuration data. We will make sure that no such information is
ever made public. In fact, if you wish, you are more than welcome to anonymize or remove any sensitive information from the configuration data
you send us.

If you have any questions regarding this message or our work, feel free to
email Wei Zheng (wzheng at cs dot rutgers dot edu).

Thanks for your time,

Wei Zheng
PhD student, Vivo Research Group (http://vivo.cs.rutgers.edu) Rutgers University Received on Wed Sep 02 2009 - 09:50:03 CDT

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