FWTools GIS Toolkit is a freely available open source toolkit for Windows and Linux that can do more than GIS tricks.
It is a precompiled bundle of Open Source GIS tools.
The FW comes from the initials of Frank Warmerdam,
the originator of the toolkit and current President of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGEO).
This is a library which historically has been developed and maintained by Frank Warmerdam, but has started to garner quite a few developers.
GDAL is X/MIT licensed (similar to BSD license), therefore the licensing is very generous for commercial use. The toolkit can be downloaded from
Many PostgreSQL contributors are very proud of the fact that PostgreSQL is an open source
project and therefore can not be bought like MySQL which is an open source product made by a commercial company. I'm not sure general PostgreSQL users really care that much
about this. I suspect that many think
yah - and Microsoft can be bought, Oracle can be bought, IBM can be bought - who is big enough to buy them and like they will kill off their prize cows
and if Oracle, IBM or
Microsoft one day were to give away non-crippled versions of Oracle 11G, SQL Server 2008, DB2 to leverage their other holdings (perhaps slightly unrealistic),
what would that mean to PostgreSQL or MySQL?
Can a community grow without money pumping into it and if it is not growing does it F*** matter that it is an open source project?