Open Source Computing and GIS in the UK

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It has been a while since I posted, and while I’m probably the only person bothered by that, I thought I ought to put an update together!

The blog has been going for over 5 years now, and in that time, in the UK, the attitude towards open source software has changed completely. There are now a lot of people who “get” open source, and are quite vocal in┬ácombating┬áthe FUD which we still unfortunately see from time to time. I don’t see the point in posting if all I’m going to say is “I agree with that person over there” so I have refrained from posting unless I feel very strongly about something.

Then there’s wordpress. Quite frankly, I’m sick of it. I’m sick of fighting a losing battle against hackers, despite my best efforts. I find it hard to engage with my blog when I feel like I can’t really trust the software. So it’s time to move platforms- though finding the time to do that with minimum disruption is proving a little daunting!

Finally, and here’s the good news and the only really “geo” part of this post- I am about to kick off an upgrade of portable GIS. No, really! For a while I wondered if it was worth the bother as it has got so much easier to deploy all the packages on windows, with the awesome OSGeo4W, and the plethora of bootable USB options if all you want to do is try the packages out. However, portable GIS is still downloaded plenty of times a month, and I occasionally get plaintive emails asking for it to be updated. Not only that, but we’re organising some training courses on open source GIS and quite frankly portable GIS kicks *ss for that purpose. So, watch this space!

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