[OSGeo-Discuss] Can I do the same GIS tasks with OS (as with ESRI)?

Landon Blake lblake at ksninc.com
Thu Apr 24 13:36:17 PDT 2008

A convert! Welcome Jennifer.

I can't speak for GRASS, but I know that OpenJUMP
(http://jump-pilot.sourceforge.net/OpenJUMP.html) could be compared to
the old 3.X Arcview. It has limited printing abilities at this point in
time, but I don't think there is a better cross-platform tool for basic
ESRI Shapefile manipulation. (I'm a volunteer on the project and
therefore biased in my opinion on this matter.)

I think you will find you can do 95% of what you could with ESRI
software, you'll just have to do it with an assortment of tools instead
of a single tool.


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[mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Jennifer Horsman
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2008 12:41 PM
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Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Can I do the same GIS tasks with OS (as with

The thread that was started today with the subject "Your open source 
career" got me thinking about asking a question that has been rolling 
around in my head. This is pointed at those people who have experience 
with ESRI products as well as OS GIS products.

I have been a long-time user of ESRI products, but I want to start my 
own contract business and will not be able to afford the license for 
ArcGIS/ArcInfo. So I recently set up a Linux box with GRASS installed, 
but it has been over 10 years since I have used GRASS (it has probably 
changed since then too!)

Does GRASS have the same analysis and display capabilities as ArcGIS? I 
know this is a very general question, so perhaps another question would 
be where does GRASS fall short and where does it excel in comparison to 
the ESRI products?


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