[OSGeo-Discuss] Costly FOSS4Gs

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Wed Oct 18 05:55:18 PDT 2017

I hear your words Ravi, well said.  Let's not forget our roots.  In 
fact, just yesterday I began to help a group thinking of hosting their 
first FOSS4G ever, in Costa Rica.  Yesterday and today I've been diving 
into that.  Isn't that what FOSS4G and OSGeo are all about?!  Helping 
spread the passion for the community.  (early stages, but discussions 
are with TEC university - possibly a great venue, for students, users, 
developers from all over Central America)  I'm with you Ravi, doing the 
little things to support our vision.   While we're on this planet let's 
help everyone share, and learn, and have fun doing it.  -jeff

On 2017-10-18 2:57 AM, Ravi Kumar wrote:
> GFOSS.. Commercial Support.. +1 for this.
> But.. now that this has come to a boil..
> 'Free and Open Source'.. has brought to where we are.. This is a 
> community effort.
> Is there a solution to OSGeo FOSS4G events, that are affordable to 
> Users/Developers/Students..
> Ravi Kumar
> On Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 3:45 PM, Tom Chadwin <tom.chadwin at nnpa.org.uk 
> <mailto:tom.chadwin at nnpa.org.uk>> wrote:
>     Hello all
>     A significant group who have possibly not yet chimed in on this
>     issue are the commercial organizations who sell GFOSS support and
>     development. I presume that FOSS4G is one of their best
>     opportunities to get new business.
>     I know there have been recent discussions/disagreements on this list
>     about how far OSGeo should promote commercial organizations.
>     However, these companies are the crucial element in GFOSS adoption
>     in many larger public- and private-sector bodies. Many simply will
>     not entertain GFOSS without commercial support, many believe the old
>     myth that open source means no support, and many simply will not
>     accept the risk of GFOSS without that support.
>     My point is that GFOSS would not have anything like the market
>     penetration it now does without commercial companies offering
>     open-source support and development. As I say, I stand to be
>     corrected, but FOSS4G surely enables them to persuade others to
>     migrate to GFOSS, which is to the whole community's benefit.
>     Thanks
>     Tom
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