We have some exciting news. The next version of zigGIS will
officially return to being truly open source. That means zigGIS 3.0
will be free to download and use.
Of course this doesn't mean zigGIS 3.0 will be free to develop.
Though zigGIS is held near and dear to the hearts of the Obtuse
Software team it cannot be developed on love alone. So we we'll be
seeking funding in ways alternative to selling licenses. We'll follow
a more traditional open source model of accepting personal donations
and corporate sponsorships and selling support contracts.
Version 2.x will continue to be supported on the forums here and
licenses sold at obtusesoft.com
. However, all funds will be applied
directly to the development of 3.0.
Make no mistake, there's a very long road ahead; a free-to-use, open
source model comes at the cost of longer development cycles since it
requires fund raising. But we think it's worth it. We'll first
develop the roadmap, create a new site more suited to open source
development and community involvement, and then, of course, the actual
3.0 development. Our immediate order of business is publishing the
plan for financial support. The roadmap will follow soon thereafter.
We think we've got some unique ideas on how we can pool the GIS
community's talent and input. Our concept is generally based on Seth
Godin's "tribe" idea. See his very inspiring and entertaining video
The Obtuse Software team is stoked and looking forward to zigGIS's
next evolution. As always, we'll keep you informed via forum
announcements and twitter (@zigGIS). And, of course, feel free to
contact Abe, Bill, or Paolo directly via email (our first name at
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