[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo friendly countries to live in

Landon Blake lblake at ksninc.com
Tue Aug 18 07:37:26 PDT 2009

Cameron wrote:

" Canada looks preferable to the US. I wonder how much the Canadian
GeoConnections program is responsible for Canada's strong OSGeo

I believe governments in Canada are much more supportive of open source
software than governments in the United States. In my experience, the
attitude towards open source software held by many organizations in the
United States is still skeptical, if not hostile.

I believe this may be due in part to successful lobbying and marketing
campaigns by big software companies in the US. We also seem to be more
tolerant of software monopolies than other industrialized nations.
Microsoft's trouble with the EU might be one example demonstrating the
differences in attitude.

Go Canada! (Home of the original JUMP desktop GIS, I might add.) :]

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Yves Jacolin has sliced FOSS4G <http://2009.foss4g.org/> website hits to

determine the number of FOSS4G attendees per million people, broken down

by country. From this, you can get a feeling for the most OSGeo tolerant

populations in the world (distorted around Australia due to the 
conference location).

So what can we learn?

    * Japan and Mongolia are the place be in Asia
    * Chilli is the place to be in Latin America
    * Canada looks preferable to the US. I wonder how much the Canadian
      GeoConnections program is responsible for Canada's strong OSGeo
    * There is a lot of interest across Europe, so FOSS4G 2010 should be
      a crowded event.
    * Africa seems to have learned all they need to know when FOSS4G
      attended Johannesburg last year, and won't be heading to Australia
      in force.

You can view the maps here: 

and in French on Yves blog:

Cameron Shorter
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