Open Source Computing and GIS in the UK

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Three good articles on IT/Open Source that I caught this week:

  • Cory Doctorow writing in the Harvard Business Review on IT versus users. I sit on both sides of the IT fence from time to time, as both user and administrator. I can see both sides of the argument, and I hope we do give people the chance to experiment, but for every heretic there’s also the total nutter who infects all the pcs with viruses…

  • Useful article on selling open source ideas from Og Maciel. Ignore the comments that degenerate quickly into a “my linux is better than yours” argument- again completely unconstructive and besides the point in this case, and focus on the article, which is a useful round-up of what you should focus on to get your idea out there to as many people as possible.

  • The Guardian on the rise of open source, and in particular the big companies switching over. I could have done with this article at the AGI Open Source day really- to convince the naysayers that you don’t have to be a maverick archaeology unit to make the switch.

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