[OSGeo-Discuss] Proprietary GIS on our OSGeo website
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
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
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."
> 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>
> Transient Software Limited <http://transient.nz/>
> New Zealand
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