6. FLOSS-based business models

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=== Installation support ===
=== Installation support ===
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<center>A very common support activity in the OSS community is that of installation; this comes from two different aspects: the great modularity of software (that forces the installation of many, different components to create a working system) and the relative unavailability of sophisticated software installers, common in the commercial world.</center>
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A very common support activity in the OSS community is that of installation; this comes from two different aspects: the great modularity of software (that forces the installation of many, different components to create a working system) and the relative unavailability of sophisticated software installers, common in the commercial world.
This is however changing, thanks to the standardization in the Linux world of packaging systems, that makes nearly non-necessary the installation of software from source code components. The availability of package installers based on the RPM (RedHat package Manager, used also by Novell's Suse Linux and Mandriva Linux) and DEB (used by Debian and derivatives, like Ubuntu) augmented with dependency maintenance systems have greatly reduced the complexity of installation, now mostly related to the modification of the suitable configuration files to adapt the installation to a specific ICT environment.
This is however changing, thanks to the standardization in the Linux world of packaging systems, that makes nearly non-necessary the installation of software from source code components. The availability of package installers based on the RPM (RedHat package Manager, used also by Novell's Suse Linux and Mandriva Linux) and DEB (used by Debian and derivatives, like Ubuntu) augmented with dependency maintenance systems have greatly reduced the complexity of installation, now mostly related to the modification of the suitable configuration files to adapt the installation to a specific ICT environment.
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=== Integration support  ===
=== Integration support  ===

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