[Freegis-list] Re: Freegis-list Digest, Vol 3, Issue 5

Gilberto Camara gilberto at dpi.inpe.br
Fri Oct 24 14:09:43 CEST 2003

Dear Bernhard

Please let me clarify the information on TerraView.
Terraview is free software, and you get the source code
for it when you download TerraLib. All TerraView programs are GPL.

Quoting a look at the http://www.terralib.org/download.php webpage:
"It is important to know that we have,
at this stage put all the code for the TerraLib 2.0 Library
together with the source code for the TerraView 2.0 Application".

We have made it very clear in all our papers and statements
that all software developed by INPE related to the TerraLib project
will be open source. We have also stated that this is an official decision
by the Brazilian government and INPE.

I am surprised and astonished by your statement doubting
the status of TerraView, which cast an element of doubt
in a project which is being conducted with enormous goodwill
by the people involved.

The open source community has been built on the basis of trust.
We have been developing software which is avaliable to the
GIS community for 25 years, and there
has never been a situation where we have misled any of our users.

If you are to lead an initiative such as GIS-L, you should consider
other members of the community as trustworthy as you are,
unless you provide clear proof that they are breaching your confidence.

Therefore, I would like to ask that you correct
the status of  TerraView  in the GIS-L list.

Best regards
Dr.Gilberto Camara            
Director for Earth Observation
National Institute for Space Research, Brazil (INPE)
Av. dos Astronautas,1.758 - Jd. Granja -
12227-010 São José dos Campos - SP - Brasil

voice: +55-12-3945-6499 
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home: www.dpi.inpe.br/gilberto

Message: 4 Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 11:29:25 +0200 From: Bernhard Reiter 
<bernhard at intevation.de> Subject: Re: [Freegis-list] Is there a GIS that 
query directly MySQL for data ? To: freegis-list at intevation.de 
Message-ID: <20031024092925.GG26129 at intevation.de> Content-Type: 
text/plain; charset="us-ascii" On Thu, Oct 23, 2003 at 11:40:15AM -0200, 
Eduardo Patto Kanegae wrote:

>> I'm not sure about your needs, but take a look at TerraLib and TerraView ( http://www.dpi.inpe.br/terralib/ and http://www.dpi.inpe.br/terraview/ )

We do not know yet if TerraView is Free Software or not.
This is why we cannot recommend it.

There is a good chance that it is non-free,
as nobody on this list could answer questions about the license
or show the source code. 

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