Toward a GNU/Linux Distribution for Corporate Environments

Toward a GNU/Linux Distribution for Corporate Environments

Francesco Di Cerbo (Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, Italy), Marco Scotto (Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, Italy), Alberto Sillitti (Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, Italy), Giancarlo Succi (Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, Italy) and Tullio Vernazza (University of Genoa, Italy)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-210-7.ch010
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The introduction of a GNU/Linux-based desktop system in a large company is often problematic. In literature, several crucial issues represent such a burden, which is often cost effective for SMEs and public administrations. Some of these are technical issues; the others are related to the training costs for the employees. Mainly, the technical obstacles are represented by different hardware configurations that might require several adhoc activities to adapt a standard GNU/Linux distribution to the specific environment, including the applications profile of the company. On the other hand, to lower the learning curve of employers, we decided to work toward adopting some GNU/Linux live distributions features. In this way, we added to our project specific functionalities, which provide new and interesting capabilities to our community of users, such as self-configuration and better usability, without losing compatibility with original distributions, which is too costly in a professional scenario for its greater maintenance cost. DSS1 (debased scripts set) tries to address the issues we mentioned above. It is a next-generation hybrid (both live and regular) distribution that includes an unmodified Debian-based GNU/Linux release and a modular-designed file system with some extended features, which we will describe in this chapter. We will also discuss the interactions with other open source communities and the positive mutual influence on DSS development process.

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Diomidis Spinellis
Sulayman K. Sowe
Chapter 1
Martin Michlmayr, Gregorio Robles, Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona
Most libre (free, open source) software projects rely on the work of volunteers. Therefore, attracting people who contribute their time and... Sample PDF
Volunteers in Large Libre Software Projects: A Quantitative Analysis Over Time
Chapter 2
Stefan Koch
In this chapter, we propose for the first time a method to compare the efficiency of free and open source projects, based on the data envelopment... Sample PDF
Measuring the Efficiency of Free and Open Source Software Projects Using Data Envelopment Analysis
Chapter 3
Michael Weiss, Gabriella Moroiu
The goal of this chapter is to document the evolution of a portfolio of open source communities. These are communities formed around a set of... Sample PDF
Ecology and Dynamics of Open Source Communities
Chapter 4
Andrew Schofield, Grahame S. Cooper
The role of online communities is a key element in free and open source software (F/OSS) and a primary factor in the success of the F/OSS... Sample PDF
Perceptions of F/OSS Community: Participants' Views on Participation
Chapter 5
Ruben van Wendel de Joode, Hans de Bruijn, Michel van Eeten
Open source communities bring together a dispersed collection of people, sometimes a large number of them, around the development of open source... Sample PDF
Software Development and Coordination Tools in Open Source Communities
Chapter 6
Anas Tawileh, Omer F. Rana, Wendy Ivins, Stephen McIntosh
This chapter investigates the quality issues of the free and open source software (F/OSS) development processes. It argues that software developed... Sample PDF
Evidence-Based Assurance to Support Process Quality in the F/OSS Community
Chapter 7
Benno Luthiger, Carola Jungwirth
This chapter explains why software users have good reasons to trust in the quality of OSS, even if they might have internalised the rule “If... Sample PDF
The Chase for OSS Quality: The Meaning of Member Roles, Motivations, and Business Models
Chapter 8
Walt Scacchi
This study examines the development of open source software supporting e-commerce (EC) or e-business (EB) capabilities. This entails a case study... Sample PDF
Understanding the Development of Free E-Commerce/E-Business Software: A Resource-Based View
Chapter 9
Kris Ven, Dieter Van Nuffel, Jan Verelst
Several public administrations (PA) have expressed an increasing interest in open source software in the past few years and are currently migrating... Sample PDF
The Migration of Public Administrations Towards Open Source Desktop Software: Recommendations from Research and Validation through a Case Study
Chapter 10
Francesco Di Cerbo, Marco Scotto, Alberto Sillitti, Giancarlo Succi, Tullio Vernazza
The introduction of a GNU/Linux-based desktop system in a large company is often problematic. In literature, several crucial issues represent such a... Sample PDF
Toward a GNU/Linux Distribution for Corporate Environments
Chapter 11
Donald Wynn Jr.
This study examines the concept of an ecosystem as originated in the field of ecology and applied to open source software projects. Additionally, a... Sample PDF
Assessing the Health of an Open Source Ecosystem
Chapter 12
Graham Morrison
The majority of open source projects fail. This chapter presents one such project as a case study, written from the perspective of the sole... Sample PDF
The Rise and Fall of an Open Source Project: A Case Study
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