[OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Will there be an OSGeo Desktop shootout atFOSS4G 2010?

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Sun Dec 20 12:12:19 PST 2009

A couple of links to reviews of desktop clients at:

In particular Stefan's summary of clients is the best I've seen so far.
http://www.spatialserver.net/osgis/ is quite comprehensive.

The steps I see toward kicking off a Desktop comparison at FOSS4G are:

1. One person to step forward and offer to drive the comparison through 
to completion. (This can be a couple of people, but it usually starts 
with one). Effectively act as a project coordinator, setting up wiki 
pages, contacting potential parties, ensuring scope is capped. Paul 
Ramsey, Andrea Aime and Jeff McKenna seemed to be the driving people 
behind the WMS shootout. If you are reading this and think you might be 
able to fill this role, then please speak up.

2. The key projects need to be contacted, and at least one volunteer 
identified for each project. Ideally, there will be at least 3/4 of the 
projects represented. Within a year or two, any potential gis desktop 
user will start their search for clients by reviewing the results of the 
Desktop shootout, so projects represented in the shootout will become 
the dominant projects. (This is why it will be important for projects to 
get on board)

3. Between the volunteers, and led by the coordinator, a set of 
benchmark tests should be set up. This will probably include a core set 
of tests that everyone should do relatively easily, and optional tests 
that each project can do to show off their application.

4. Lots of hard work setting up environments, and running tests. Hence 
it is important to start early if we want to have a good showing at foss4g.

5. Just before foss4g: Pens down, collate results, present.

Paolo Cavallini wrote:
> samper.d at gmail.com ha scritto:
>> A feature comparison is a good start and many masters projects have 
>> already done that as well as xcompare them to closed source desktop 
>> apps.
> Hi.
> I only have seen a few, rather incomplete, comparisons: do you have 
> links for more? Thanks.
> All the best.
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Cameron Shorter
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