[Geowanking] Well we clearly have to work on this a bit more ...
lblake at ksninc.com
Fri Dec 2 12:48:04 PST 2005
Thanks for forwarding the link Jody.
This is the first time I've heard of the Autodesk/Mapserver issue, and I
must say I'm surprised and disappointed.
I know I'm only getting one side of the story, but this sure sounds like
a shady deal to me.
I don't trust Autodesk any farther than I can throw em. They're about as
fat and happy as you can get, and I haven't seen any affection on there
part for open source or open standards.
In fact, I was just reading an article in Cadlyst Magazine in which an
Autodesk Executive was attacking the OpenDesign Alliance and their
(Not that the boys at the OpenDesign Alliance are exactly running a
truly "open" club either, but Autodesk definitely isn't happy about
anyone trying to crack the latest DWG format. To me, this is evidence of
a Cyclops out to protect it's monopoly and domination of the CAD
In summary, the idea of Autodesk being involved in Mapserver is like the
idea of Microsoft joining a foundation for OpenOffice. It'll be
interesting to see how this turns out.
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[mailto:geowanking-bounces at lists.burri.to] On Behalf Of Jody Garnett
Sent: Friday, December 02, 2005 11:38 AM
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Subject: [Geowanking] Well we clearly have to work on this a bit more
There is a letter on the mapserver/autodesk thing...
Must say it is much closer to how I feel about the issue, espeically
when the press releases talk about other projects joining
Makes me wonder if what they really wanted was the name :-)
Admittedly I don't always do open development myself, I like to make
sure things make sense at a coding level first. Still the longer I wait
the more email and explaination I have to do.
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