[OSGeo-Discuss] Commercial and Open Source - Was: [mapguide-users] Commercial vs. Open Source Functionality

Gary Lang gary.lang at autodesk.com
Mon Mar 27 08:40:08 PST 2006

Arnulf says:

"commercial" (not good) or "enterprise" (better) version which will
require people to pay something. The idea of charging money for extra
services is perfectly fine - especially with Open Source software. 
But Autodesk will need to find a more appropriate wording to deal with
this distinction. If it results in people thinking "commercial" is
opposite to "Open Source" it is counterproductive to the goals of the

We called it MG Enterprise, and the OS version MG Open Source. So we
seem to be following your recommendation. Where does the confusion lie?


Buscher, Shane wrote:
> All right, I'm a little frustrated at this point trying to figure out 
> the current direction of MapGuide OS and MapGuide Commercial.  I'm 
> trying to choose between several competing technologies in the web 
> mapping arena, including ArcIMS, MapGuide OS, MapGuide Commercial, and

> MapServer. 
> 1.  Is the MapGuide Studio product going to become strictly a
> product?  I see it expires in October.  If so, what authoring tool is 
> going to be made available for the OS users, if any?
> 2. There's a lot of vaporware advertising going on, especially in the 
> data provider category.  I have SQL Server,  ArcSDE, and WMS
> requirements.  These are documented as being supported, but you
> realize they are not post-install.  Are these functionalities only
> to be made available in the Commercial product?  This is what it
> What is the general direction for both OS and Commercial?  Are they 
> going to be one in the same, with only support being the difference 
> between the two?  Or, will Autodesk just add functionality
> of the OS project, leaving the open source community to catch up?
> Maybe this is not the right forum to ask these questions, but I don't 
> know where else to ask.  It's important to know the direction of these

> products, as I'm looking for a long term solution.
> Thanks in advance.
> Shane Buscher
> GIS/Compliance Systems
> Northern Natural Gas
> 402.398.7841

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