Res: [Live-demo] [Annouce] GISVM Base

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at
Fri Apr 8 13:17:22 PDT 2011

Hi all,
Confirming Richardo's comments, Richardo was a huge driving force behind 
the success of our first major release of OSGeo-Live at FOSS4G 2009, 
providing lots of valuable advice on packaging and developing on virtual 
machines. We were privileged to have Richard as part of our team.

I'm still unclear on how a GISVM should distinguish itself from 
OSGeo-Live, (as OSGeo-Live also provides a Virtual Machine), and I have 
answered some of Richardo's questions to me on this in a separate thread.

On 09/04/11 03:34, Ricardo Pinho wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> After several people asking about the differences between GISVM and 
> OSGeo Live projects, I must clarify some points, specially to the 
> members of this list.
> As some of you probably know, GISVM concept was used, with my direct 
> participation, on the building process of FOSS4G 2009 LiveDVD 
> (Arramagong). Since then, that concept is used for building the OSGeo 
> Live, that resulted on the LiveDVD for FOSS4G 2010 and is growing fast 
> with excellent results.
> GISVM was launched in 2008, an independent project, not sponsored by 
> OSGeo, and is dedicated exclusive for providing "Virtual Machines" for 
> Open Source GIS users.
> These different goals results on completely different products!
> But, these two projects have much in common, and can help each other.
> Just like GISVM helped OSGeo to build it's LiveDVD.
> GISVM can receive help from OSGeo Live by being able to use their huge 
> number of install scripts.
> And I can see several other ways of collaboration.
> For start, I would suggest to all "install script" developers to use 
> "GISVM Base" for creating and testing their scrips.
> If it works on GISVM Base it will probably work on OSGeo Live.
> To include your applications on GISVM Base, it is as simple as 
> adapting your current OSGeo Live install script.
> GISVM is a GPL Free project and is hosted by sourgeforge:
> The current Base scripts are available at:
> If you want to participate on it, just contact me.
> Your contribution will be much appreciated!
> Cheers,
> Ricardo Pinho
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *De:* Ricardo Pinho <rpinho_eng at>
> *Para:* live-demo at
> *Enviadas:* Quinta-feira, 7 de Abril de 2011 1:40:38
> *Assunto:* [Live-demo] [Annouce] GISVM Base
> Dear all,
> We are proud to announce the new “GISVM BASE”.
> Available now for FREE DOWNLOAD at: <>
> GISVM ("GIS Virtual Machine") is a Ubuntu Linux distribution for GIS 
> users, packaged as a virtual machine, a completely isolated computer 
> that can be run in a window inside your current operating system.
> This new BASE edition, based on a minimum Ubuntu 10.10 installation, 
> provides the user with simple Double Click install scripts for an 
> unlimited possible number of open-source GIS packages.This way, users 
> are FREE to build their own GISVM by installing the desired GIS packages.
> By the time of this announcement these are the available install scripts:
> - Quantum GIS / Grass
> - uDIG
> - gvSIG
> - OpenJump
> - Kosmo
> - R
> - GeoServer
> - GeoMajas
> We plan to keep adding more install scripts, depending on the users 
> feedback and request.
> this new version:
> We would also appreciate it if you SPREAD THE WORD. Put it in your 
> blog, forum, facebook, twitter, webpage, and so on.
> Thank you,
> Ricardo Pinho
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Cameron Shorter
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