Communists giving away GIS for FREE!

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    I needed GIS software on my laptop at home to do some of my socialist work.

    I went to the ERSI vendor website to see how much their GIS application cost, and how to download it. All the mother effing website said was to call one of their sales agents. Probably during business hours, so the dude could tell me I needed to fork over 800 dollars.


    So I want to the mapview open source project website, from Idaho State University and NOAA and downloaded an open source, free version of GIS. In five minutes. Completly free, no royalities, no hassles, no sales people to call, no nothing. What the f do those communist public research scientists and civil servants think they are doing, giving this shit away for free? :evil:
     
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    Without license from the owner of the software, they can't. Obviously, there's a better version out there. Just as obvious they don't care if you use the outdated junk since they allow a university to give it away.

    You can get a free 286 computer from a high school to. Let me know how the DSL works with it.:lol:
     
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    Actually, if it's open source there's a bit of a difference, it means a lot of people contribute to the project, so there is no license possible other than those like GPL. The flaw, you should always be sure you are downloading from a trusted source our you risk someone "sneaking" undesirables in. Linux has a database maintained for such information, the trusted servers scan and host the official versions, allowing you to be sure you are getting safe software. Also the OS development groups will often maintain their own database for most of the programs. Windoze .. well ... it's another such way Windoze sucks now.
     
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    I'm not sure what DSL has to do with this. This is software, not an internet connection.


    I didn't know you were a GIS expert. Which GIS platform do you use? I'm surprised to learn that opensource mapview is a piece of crap GIS platorm,....given that mapview is what the US Environmental Protection Agency uses for its Basins program. Which is the mostly widely used and accepted watershed analysis tool in the country, if not the planet. Why do you think USEPA choose to use a piece of crap GIS platform for the world's most widely used watershed analysis tool? It would be awesome if you would enlighten me, I don't want to use a piece of crap.

    That said, now that I've got mapview on my home laptop, it appears to have all the functionality and works just as well as the vendor GIS platorm I have at work. I'll let you know if it turns out to be a piece of crap, but I'm not seeing it so far, unless you can enlighten me more about the pros and cons of various GIS platforms.
     
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    Gunny was making a wise crack ... did you land on your funny bone today?
     
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    I'm hazing him back, chica.
     
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    Okies ... then my funny bone must be out of whack.
     
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    MapView is just a viewer with limited functionality. ERSI's ArcGIS is a monster and it's more like $1200. It doesn way more than I'll every need or most others as well, but it's the standard of the industry. AutoDesk has one and Microstation used to have one as well that is used pretty heavily but it's like comparing Apple to Microsoft, they are world's apart.
     

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