New release from MapServer's stable branch. Mapscript users should consider upgrading to benefit from bug fixes involving inline features and scalebars. See http://ms.gis.umn.edu/download/current
There is a truism that sequels are never as good as the original, but Josh Livni proves this wrong with PrimaGIS screencast number three. Maybe it's because he jumps past number two.
The good news is that nobody is threatening to take their ball and go home, but some conflict continues. It's going to be painful, as someone said, for Autodesk and DM Solutions to walk back their big brand-name announcements, but the majority of active MapServer users seem to want their program to be the sole owner of that name within the new foundation. Some of the founders feel that the opinions of these vocal folks are outweighed by the needs of another silent majority, the potential new users attracted by a capital F Foundation and the name Autodesk. Is this pie in the sky? We'll see soon enough.
Update: It looks like the community will be accomodated. Great news to end a tumultuous week.
Every time I ask myself why Howard hasn't yet posted about the Autodesk-MapServer foundation announcement, I have to remind myself that he already did.
Howard was disclosed about Autodesk's intents, and it was really tough to not be able to talk about it with him. Clearly, his concerns were not shared to the same degree by the rest of the group.
On the topic of Autodesk-MapServer, Allan Doyle has the must-read post of the day.
Kai has another detailed update about the development of PrimaGIS.
My reference to Gabbo was my biggest hit ever. In another shameless attempt to pander to Simpsons fans out there, here is an image that, for me, sums up the whole Autodesk-MapServer episode.
It's a bit over the top to write:
Today, this week, we are simply adjusting to a space/time warp in the continuum of our geospatial marketplace. Processes, products and relationships are all changing in ways with which none of us have experience.
but this is certainly the beginning of an interesting experiment.
Here at AU it's pretty much a MapServer lovefest, but Ed McNierney of TopoZone has posted his letter pointing to a bad start for the foundation. Read it; we on the outside need to hear what both sides are saying.
Adena sees a divide in the MapServer community. She doesn't get it. There are as yet two separate communities. At AU, people are high on their first sip of open source, and filled with a sense (if a bit scary) of the endless possibilities. On the other hand, members of the original MapServer community have woken up to find a stranger in bed.