[OSGeo-Discuss] Autodesk recognition

Gary Lang gary.lang at autodesk.com
Tue Jun 20 21:05:31 PDT 2006

Well, that's one way to think about it.

Another way is to realize that Autodesk was a Diamond Sponsor of Where
2.0 and that we specifically asked that our entire presence and internal
investment be donated to and focused on OSGeo, rather than on ourselves
and our products, which is what our competitors did.

So to answer Ned's question, we deliberately turned the entire Autodesk
marketing machine towards OSGeo, and will continue to do so until the
community says it no longer wants or needs the assistance.

OSGeo had the most consistently crowded booth at the show. The booth
cost a lot of money, as did the shirts we all wore, the press work
arranged by the ADSK marketing team, etc. I believe it was money well
spent. The community has said it appreciates it, and that's a good


-----Original Message-----
From: Sean Gillies [mailto:sgillies at frii.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, June 20, 2006 8:39 PM
To: discuss at mail.osgeo.org
Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Autodesk recognition

On Jun 20, 2006, at 7:35 PM, Ned Horning wrote:

> All,
> One thing I noticed reading through the OSGeo promotional material  
> and the web site is that Autodesk isn't mentioned. Maybe I  
> misunderstand the significance of their role in getting OSGeo  
> rolling but isn't it significant enough to warrant mention  
> somewhere? Is there a reason not to mention their role in a  
> presentation about OSGeo?
> On a related note, has anyone written up a "history" of OSGeo  
> starting with the formation of the MapServer Foundation?
> Ned

Ned, read Howard's article: http://hobu.biz/index_html/ 
unopened_letter. It's a good unsanitized account of what was going  
down in Fall 2005.


Sean Gillies

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