[OSGeo-Discuss] Proprietary GIS on our OSGeo website

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Thu Sep 21 11:40:35 PDT 2017

Thanks Ben, and mentioned above that is why these project pages lead with a
team picture.

Maria offered similar words yesterday. I really like the idea of
emphasizing this aspect on the "what is opensource" page.

Outreach to people who are not part of our community is a challenge; one of
the nice ideas (wish I had the quote) was that people try open source
software because the price is free; we want them to stay because of the
freedom. The opportunity to join the community is a big benefit of OSGeo -
but we should honestly recognize that it is intimidating. The local
chapters is our key way to make this less intimidating and more personal
and supportive.

Jody Garnett

On 21 September 2017 at 04:02, Ben Caradoc-Davies <ben at transient.nz> wrote:

> On 21/09/17 19:54, María Arias de Reyna wrote:
>> In fact, publishing blog posts comparing closed and FLOSS is also very
>> helpful. If you are doubting what kind of software to use, a good
>> comparison with table feature comparisons is very handy But that
>> should be outside the project page, because we are not begging for
>> users. We are strong projects on our own, we don't need to keep
>> continuously comparing to the closed alternatives for users to know
>> what we do.
> Uplifting tweet of the week:
> "Jon Kuperman‏ @jkup
> Stop treating open source like a product you purchased and start treating
> it like a team you belong to."
> https://twitter.com/jkup/status/909887066103676928
> Referring to proprietary GIS on the OSGeo website risks misleading users
> that OSGeo projects are just competing products. We offer something that
> proprietary GIS never can: the opportunity to join a community of peers.
> Kind regards,
> --
> Ben Caradoc-Davies <ben at transient.nz>
> Director
> Transient Software Limited <http://transient.nz/>
> New Zealand
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