[Live-demo] Retire MapTiler from OSGeo-Live

Johan Van de Wauw johan.vandewauw at gmail.com
Mon Feb 9 01:46:06 PST 2015

Hi all,

First of all I would like to thank Petr for his work on Maptiler. He
has actually spent a lot of unpaid time to develop a tool which is
useful for many users.
Earning a living from open-source is hard - as most people who have
tried will be able to tell you.

Second I would like to point out that a project that has many users
and little contributors is not necessarily unsuccessful.  If your tool
is working well, it may not scratch a developers itch[1].

Anyway, it seems that by retiring from OsGeo live you did hit many
developers itch, so it seems this may actually be a rebirth of the

I think that the request of Petr is fair: the code remains free (which
it should, because there can be many derived works), but he just
requests not to use the name and logo. This leaves room for other
developers to jump in and create a new version. Yesterday on IRC, I
proposed the name "IceTiler" as an alternative, based on the
rebranding done by debian for many mozilla projects [2]. Other
suggestions are welcome :-)

Taking all into account I'm +1 on removing this project from OsGeo
live in the current form, but I think we could have "IceTiler" in a
next release if there is sufficient interest.

Kind Regards,

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cathedral_and_the_Bazaar
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozilla_Corporation_software_rebranded_by_the_Debian_project

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