[OSGeo-Discuss] "Free"

Paul Ramsey pramsey at refractions.net
Fri Mar 2 11:17:03 PST 2007

Oracle XE is free as in beer, and the submitters made the very 
reasonable assumption that it fit into the mandate of the conference, 
given that it prominently talks about using free software for 
geospatial.  Not everyone has heard of Richard Stallman (lucky buggers).


Gary Lang wrote:
> Beer. No source. I think the limitation is 4GB of data store.
> -----Original Message----- From: discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org
> [mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Paulo Marcondes
>  Sent: Friday, March 02, 2007 11:04 AM To: OSGeo Discussions Subject:
> Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] "Free"
> 2007/3/2, Paul Ramsey <pramsey at refractions.net>:
>> Developing GeoSpatial applications for Oracle XE (the free Express
>> Edition of the Oracle database).
>> Looks great to me! I would go (hope it's not cross scheduled with
>> *my* workshop...). And the software they are showing is free. So, a
>> perfect fit.
> I am risking a flamewar here, but I thought I should raise the issue
> here.
> Which kind of 'free' are we talking here? Speech or beer?
> On another related point, I am always careful with corporate
> workshops/lectures/whatever, as they too often tend to be more of the
> advertising than the technical type.


   Paul Ramsey
   Refractions Research
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