Fwd: Re: [Freegis-list] Free Gis CDROM - Morphix
bernhard at intevation.de
Thu Jan 8 15:07:43 CET 2004
On Thu, Jan 08, 2004 at 09:01:50AM -0500, Allan Doyle wrote:
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> So, I can offer some space on www.eogeo.org to host CDs.
> I think we can spare a few GB, but not 10's of GB.
> The machine is hosted at interland.com in Miami, it's a dedicated
> host on good bandwidth. I can also offer more storage on a machine on
> a 384Kbps DSL line but that's less reliable.
First thanks for the great offer!
Note that our attempts at Intevation have not produced a
live running CD yet that we could distribute, but it might soon.
> I have to say up front that EOGEO is not going to be completely
> "pure" when it comes to Free Software. I believe in the cause and
> ultimately would like to see more of it. EOGEO will advocate
> Free/Open Source software for all "external" use,
Is that the official line of the organisation?
> but will also be
> open to using non-free software internally if no other alternative
> presents itself. One example of this would be if a larger database
> vendor offers to host several TB of data for us if we let them host
> it in their proprietary DBMS. However, we would insist that the
> access to the data be via open interfaces such as OGC Web Map Server.
All Free Software orientated organisations make pragmatic decisions
and compromise if that leads to more freedom in the end.
If you use such a proprietary database with the mid term plan
to use a Free Software one even making steps towards that goal,
you would be "pure" in the common sense, I'd say.
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