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

Wolf Bergenheim wolf+grass at bergenheim.net
Fri Apr 25 23:19:28 PDT 2008

On 26.04.2008 08:44, Cameron Shorter wrote:
> Ravi,
> What us Open Source evangelists are missing is an honest comparison 
> between ESRI desktop applications and Open Source equivalents.

This has been done somewhat. You might find it interesting reading.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [GRASS-user] [Fwd: [OSGeo-Discuss] Can I do the same GIS 
Tasks with OS (as with ESRI)?]
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2008 12:13:49 +0200
From: Markus Metz
To: grass-user at lists.osgeo.org

Todd Buchanan compared GRASS and ArcGIS in his master thesis (Geoscience
/ GIS):

Title: Thesis – Comparison of ArcGIS 9.0 and GRASS 6.0: Case Study and
·       Detailed costs and benefits of each GIS and included a
comparison of acquisition, installation, implementation, and utilization.
·     Involved Landsat image classification and analysis of urbanization
of Eugene, OR.

You can get the thesis here:

The thesis used GRASS 6.0 and GRASS became even better since then:-) I
would not agree with TB's statement of technical support being virtually
non-existent, because you get answers quickly in the mailing lists.

I hope that helps,

Markus Metz


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