With that in mind here are some links that you can use when starting your research:
- http://www.spatialserver.net/osgis/ Stefan Steiniger has put together a nice summary of Desktop GIS application
- Open Source Geospatial A recent presentation given by Jody Garnett at the Sydney Open Source Developers Conference. The Slides have been modified from a presentation provided by Mark Leslie.
We of course are very pleased with the open source geosptial scene, and uDig as a product. You will find a real sense of compitition and collaboration between the products mentioned here.
Finally it is worth just trying out open source geospatial:
- http://www.gisvm.com/ provides a linux distribution with much of the open source geospatial projects included ready for you to try out. They have been very kind in their dealings with uDig and we are happy to recommend their distribution.
- http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Live_GIS_Disc A wiki used to construct both the FOSS4G 2008 live DVD and theArramagong DVD funded by the CRS-SI.