Folks, just a little reminder that we should be careful in terminology (because it came up in this thread several times already, this it is not a specific criticism of your content, Ravi).
The term "commercial software"  does *not* exclude Free and Open Source software. Therefore it does not make sense to use it to contrast it to FOSS . It is thus a confusing misnomer. Carelessness of use works in favor of FUD  on Open Source. Ignorance of the underlying concepts and misusing the term "commercial"  discredits all undertakings that provide commercial services for Open Source software (like these ). Please use "proprietary software" instead. For further details you may want to scan the OSGeo Advocacy category  (it is a Wiki, feel free to hack and extend it). Best regards,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commercial_software  http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/words-to-avoid.html  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear,_uncertainty_and_doubt  http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Commercial_Services  http://www.osgeo.org/search_profile?SET=1  404  http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Category:Advocacy Ravi schrieb: > Hi, In India, OpenJUMP has a very good following on windows, as it is > much simpler than some costly commercial flavors of GIS. They can at > best be called as 'passive users', who even do not (care to) know > that a list exists on the internet. Some Indian universities have > started using OpenJUMP for vector GIS. Ravi Kumar > > --- On Sat, 22/8/09, Daniel Ames <amesd...@isu.edu> wrote: > >> From: Daniel Ames <amesd...@isu.edu> Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] >> Open Source Lurkers To: "OSGeo Discussions" >> <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Saturday, 22 August, 2009, 10:24 AM >> Landon, et al. >> >> I'm aware of this phenomenon in the MapWindow community as well. It >> is particularly prominent with non-English speaking folks who, for >> a number of reasons (mostly described by Bill below) don't feel >> comfortable joining the conversation and openly participating in >> the project. >> >> >> I think there is another clear reason for this behavior... they >> sometimes just don't know that they are welcome/invited. This might >> be more of a pronounced problem for those of us developing >> specifically for Windows because Windows users have historically >> been told that they are not allowed to participate. >> >> >> However it's also a phenomenon of GIS in general. When was the last >> time that the major GIS software vendor asked it's customers to >> actively join in writing documentation, answering forum questions >> and - heaven forbid - fixing bugs. >> >> >> So how do you fix this. Well all I can think is to continually >> invite invite invite. Everytime someone posts a forum question, >> give an answer and then invite them to answer other people's >> questions. When people ask for bug fixes, invite them to fix a big >> - or to hire someone to do it. Any time you get a personal >> communication, invite them to do something on the project. >> >> >> This has helped a lot with our project, and I think we've landed >> some awesome project participants (some of whom are likely reading >> this now!) by letting them know how much we need them, and inviting >> them over and over to participate. >> >> >> That's my suggestion anyway, >> >> Dan >> >> >> >> >> >> On Sat, Aug 22, 2009 at 4:53 AM, Bill Thoen <bth...@gisnet.com> >> wrote: >> >> I've been a moderator for a commercial desktop mapping forum for >> more than 10 years and this behavior is quite common. I think it >> has more to do with how people adapt to a social network than it >> has to do with anything unique in the Open Source world. Like Chris >> mentioned, the majority of subscribers prefer to lurk below the >> public visibility horizon in a way that resembles an iceberg where >> only the tip remains above the waterline while the majority of its >> bulk lurks below. >> >> >> >> >> People lurk for many of the reasons you suggest, but I think the >> most common one is that they don't feel expert enough to contribute >> anything useful to a thread, and the risk of saying something >> "stoopid" --in public... and worse, thus revealing to their >> GIS/mapping peers the depth of their ignorance-- is just too >> embarrassing to contemplate. Especially when compared with the >> perceived safety of remaining anonymous in the shadows where they >> can drink in new knowledge like free beer while also being >> entertained by the interplay of the forum's regularly featured >> fools and sages. >> >> >> >> >> If we assume that Maslow was right about what motivates people >> (self-interest) then lurking in an open source community and not >> participating is exactly the wrong thing to do. If your business >> depends on some FOSS tool, then it's in your self-interest to >> expand the environment in which it operates as much as possible. >> Because if what you sell depends on tools like OpenJUMP, you want >> OpenJUMP well supported with a lively user group, a good supply of >> free data, technologically competitive, and actively being >> developed. This is the key to making money out of bits instead of >> atoms. If you sell services, give away the software and the >> infrastructure of the environment it runs in. This expands the >> market for your services and since the tools are free, the more >> people who download them the bigger your market share gets. If you >> sell software, give away services that leverage it. But if you lurk >> and don't contribute to its development or the development of the >> environment in which it operates, then you're sort of stepping on >> your own air hose. >> >> >> >> >> - Bill Thoen >> >> >> >> >> >> Landon Blake wrote: >> >> >> >> >> I would like to get some comments on a phenomenon I have discovered >> among the OpenJUMP community. I know for sure of one (1) company >> that maintains a separate fork of OpenJUMP, but which monitors our >> mailing list and likely grabs patches form our source code >> repository. They never participate in the forums or make known >> their use of OpenJUMP in any other public manner. >> >> >> >> >> I think there is at least one other company that does this. >> >> >> >> I only learn of these companies when I am contacted by private >> e-mail to work for them on OpenJUMP development, usually by some >> headhunter. I actually did a little work for one of these companies >> (which was not a great experience, but that is another story) and I >> was surprised at how important OpenJUMP was to their operation. >> They even distributed it to their customers. >> >> >> >> >> I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why this company wouldn’t >> take a more active role in supporting the OpenJUMP community. I’m >> not necessarily talking about money here, but about writing >> documentation, contributing their own patches, or answering >> questions on the mailing lists. Our community is very informal and >> open, and an organization could likely have a large influence on >> the direction the program took with an investment of some >> resources. >> >> >> >> >> Is OpenJUMP the only community with these open source lurkers? How >> many of these companies do you think there are? (I’m not talking >> about one guy who downloads an open source app and uses it. I’m >> talking about actual companies with more than one employee.) >> >> >> >> >> Why don’t they get more involved? Are they embarrassed? Do they not >> want their competition to find out about the open source program >> they are benefiting from? Are they violating the terms of the >> license and don’t want to get busted? Do they not understand that >> their involvement is a key part of the program’s survival? >> >> >> >> >> This has become an important question for me recently as the active >> development of OpenJUMP has slowed. We don’t have any organizations >> actively participating in development. (Well, maybe one or two, but >> they have been quiet lately.) I’m the only one working on serious >> improvements or changes, and not just bug fixes. I would really >> like to reach out to these lurkers to get them more involved. >> Ultimately, the survival of the project may depend on it. >> >> >> >> >> What do you think? Send an e-mail to the project list with an >> invitation to contact me privately about getting more involved? Are >> these lurkers worth the time? >> >> >> >> Landon >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> *Warning: >> >> *Information provided via electronic media is not guaranteed >> against defects including translation and transmission errors. If >> the reader is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified >> that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this >> communication is strictly prohibited. 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