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

Daniel Ames amesdani at isu.edu
Tue Dec 22 13:21:39 PST 2009

I teach ArcGIS 9.3 every semester, so I'll happily provide that perspective
(as well as the MapWindow desktop perspective).

By the way Tyler gave an awesome OSGeo talk at AGU in San Francisco last
week and handled the "how does this stack up to ESRI" question brilliantly.
I believe the answer was, "We see ESRI as a major success story for OSGeo
since they've adopted GDAL and OGR." Couldn't have been addressed more

- Dan

On Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 2:15 PM, Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) <tmitchell at osgeo.org
> wrote:

> > So if this is true, then that means that 80% of GIS users are asking
> > the question, "Why should I use desktop open source XXX instead of ESRI?"
> I get more questions asking about the differences between FOSS projects
> than between FOSS and proprietary products.  If people are already
> coming to FOSS4G, or to OSGeo in some other way, they likely already
> want to use open source but want help choosing a path.
> I do agree that many wonder how we stack up to proprietary but I hope we
> stick to what we know best.  That is, unless proprietary folks join the
> shootout.  :)
> Just a thought,
> Tyler
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Daniel P. Ames, Ph.D. PE
Associate Professor, Geosciences
Idaho State University - Idaho Falls
amesdani at isu.edu

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31 March - 2 April 2010

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