[OSGeo-Discuss] Re: [Live-demo] Has anyone written a "How do you XXX with Open Source GIS?"

Hamish hamish_b at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 3 00:07:25 PST 2011

> This request comes up yearly; and was
> one of the ideas for content for the osgeo website. The
> difficulty is finding resources to produce the content.
> The trouble is just because a request is common, and makes
> perfect sense from a marketing open source geospatial point
> of view, does not imply the foundation has the marketing
> muscle to get it done.

as noted in the original thread on the live-demo ML, much of the OSGeo software is somewhat interchangeable, especially for common desktop GIS tasks. Asking the collective authors/representatives of all OSGeo projects which is the best single tool to get the job done is not likely to converge on a single answer that doesn't leave at least one or two projects feeling a bit ignored.

this may be frustrating & overwhelming to the new recruit, but the only honest answer I could give to it is "explore the Live DVD and find something that fits you well".

what's the best FOSS tool to edit a text file?
debian$ apt-cache search editor | wc -l

... "it depends", take your pick :-/

solutions welcome,


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