Last week Jackie Ng, developer of the Maestro authoring tool and major contributor to MapGuide Open Source, which is an Open Source Geospatial Foundation project, conducted a survey of MapGuide Open Source users to which he received nealry 75 responses. He's released an analysis of the results of the survey. Here's a few highlights,
- You all aren't freeloaders :) There is enough value in the commercial version of MapGuide for most of you to own a commercial license, and you are knowledgeable enough about the differences to know whether the commerical or open source version is more suitable.
- On that same subject, there is a sizable interest to donate/fund for any improvements. I'm guessing there just isn't a unified consensus as to what should be improved. It certainly doesn't look like GDAL raster performance/stability is one of them.
- We seem to have a healthy group of "power users", we just need some of these users to upgrade to the next level and start becoming involved in actual development/maintenance.
- Most MapGuide Open Source web application authors (49 out of 74) use Maestro as their primary authoring tool.
- Documentation/Samples definitely can be improved a lot. We seem to be more reactive (mailing list answers) than proactive (wiki/blogs/etc) when it comes to this however.
- The 2.2 to 2.4 gap was just too long. We need to release more early and release more often. [MapGuide Open Source 2.4 RC1 was released in early July.]
Jackie also commented that "as of the 2013 release, Autodesk Infrastructure Map Server (AIMS) truly has a unique commercial advantage in terms of features.
- The product formerly known as Topobase now integrated.
- A native FDO provider for DWG files. The killer feature that was 6 years waiting.
- A specialized viewer for mobile devices.
- Integrated GeoREST