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Why should Autodesk donate its software to, participate in and support the OSGeo community?
- MapGuide Open Source gets fixed faster; many eyes make bugs shallow and improvements are fed back to the proprietary offering. The MapGuide Open Source project strongly encourages community participation to achieve these results.
- Increasingly many government contracts are mandating or encouraging open source software. This is a huge market for consultancy and support.
- Displacing patent/copyright infringement liability from an entity is a good reason to have code in a foundation, and important that foundation not be a "front"; it has to involve engagement with the broader community.
- "A rising tide raises all boats"; the webserver market is driven by one big open source project. Availability of free of cost software and support for open standards will grow the market in many new ways.