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

George R. C. Silva georger.silva at gmail.com
Thu Apr 24 14:55:27 PDT 2008

Im a real novice in the OS world, and i´m enjoying. I´m liking what i see!

ESRI has good software, but the world of OS is just great and i love the 
flexibility i have.

One thing GIS OS software could have are better editing tools. I do miss 
them alot, and the one is ArcGIS are unbeatable (i dont know any O.S. 
software that have 'autocomplete polygon', tons of snapping options, etc 
- btw, if you do, let me know).

FOSS is great, but it lacks (IMHO) better editing options.


George Silva

David William Bitner escreveu:
> I would agree with Paul.  The biggest hole in the FOSS stack is in 
> easy, high quality printed map production.  This is the one task where 
> the Arc tools beat anything I have seen in FOSS GIS hands down.
> David
> On Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 3:36 PM, Paul Ramsey 
> <pramsey at cleverelephant.ca <mailto:pramsey at cleverelephant.ca>> wrote:
>     I'd buck up for a copy of ArcView (much cheaper than ArcGIS), and use
>     GRASS / PostGIS / etc tools for things like analysis. You can use
>     ArcView to generate the paper and do some quick low-end analytics and
>     the other tools for more involved stuff.
>     My general synopsis: for server-side, for scriptability, for
>     automation, for web-based, open source wins for most use cases, given
>     a technically savvy user; for ad hoc, for cartographic production, for
>     a user who is used to a point-n-click experience end to end,
>     proprietary still wins.
>     This equation hasn't changed much in the 10 years I've been running
>     it. The goal posts have moved, open source is better at adhoc now than
>     before, but still not at the level of ESRI, and ESRI is better at the
>     server stuff now, but still not at the level of open source.
>     P.
>     On Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 12:41 PM, Jennifer Horsman
>     <jen at jencarta.com <mailto:jen at jencarta.com>> wrote:
>     > 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?
>     >
>     >  Thanks,
>     >  Jennifer
>     >
>     >
>     >
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