Open Source Computing and GIS in the UK

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ESRI Update

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It would appear that ESRI (UK) were as surprised as we were when they received notification of ESRI (US)’s decision to tighten up the license agreements, and they are negotiating on behalf of all of us educational charities/associate sites to get us a little more leeway. It has to be said that the email we received from them, which I based my blog post on, contained nothing about this whatsoever, and basically told us we had till the end of March to pack our metaphorical bags, but we are grateful to them for their efforts.

However, the point still stands. By using closed source software, we are all subject to the whims of software vendors, who can change the license agreement to stop people using their products whenever they feel like it.  So it has never happened to you? I’d have said the same thing before 4pm yesterday…