OSGeo Binary Distribution

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This is a proposal for a project to develop an OSGeo "branded and certified" binary distribution of open source geospatial software for Windows, Linux and possibly MacOS X and Solaris.

Rationale

Objectives

Offer a painless user experience installing and getting started with OSGeo products.

  • Support major operating systems. In order of precidence that likely means Windows, Linux (Intel32), MacOS X and Solaris (Sparc).
  • Ensure that all components are inter-compatible avoiding version incompatibility hell.
  • Allow progressive installation, with packages pulled over the internet as requested. So the person can install a few packages without having to download everything, and so they can go back and add more packages later.
  • Provide an easy to use GUI installer.
  • Be relatively distribution/version agnostic - on linux we hope the same binaries will work on Debian, Fedora Core, Suse, Ubuntu, etc. On windows and MacOS X we hope the binaries would work across a variety of relatively recent OS versions.
  • Include at least all the OSGeo project software as packages, and dependencies of those packages.
  • Suitable for desktop and web service folks.

Who

Funding

Technical Notes