VirtualBox Update

Friday, 27 November, 2015

Just a reminder that VirtualBox remains a great option for virtualisation and running a range of operating systems. In addition to being able to spin up various Linux OSes on my Windows box, it also allows me to run a Windows VM for testing purposes (and for those in HE Microsoft’s DreamSpark provides a no cost way to use a range of software, including the OSes). I run all my ERDAS Imagine and Esri ArcGIS work through here. I had been on the venerable v4 of VirtualBox but have since upgraded to 5 and speed boost is very noticeable.

And, of course, those who know me know my penchant for portable apps. And yes there is Portable VirtualBox. Run it, get it to download the install files and then youre away. A base install of Win7 is about 5Gb, but with Imagine and ArcGIS runs at about 25Gb. But it’s nicely sandboxed and anything that goes wrong can simply be vaped.

Open Source Roundup

Wednesday, 25 November, 2015

Following on from my talk at AGI yesterday, a few open source posts came up at the helpful GISGeography. These include:

Free GIS Software: Map the World With Open Source GIS Mapping Software
10 Open Source Remote Sensing Software Packages
Mapping Out the GIS Software Landscape
27 Differences Between ArcGIS and QGIS - The Most Epic GIS Software Battle in GIS History

All make for helpful reading!

AGI Open Source Presentation

Tuesday, 24 November, 2015

Great to be back at the AGI Annual Conference today and speaking about open source and giving a live demo. As ever things didn’t quite work to plan - I ran the risk of demonstrating on the venue PC and the Microsoft C++ dependencies werent installed for QGIS to run happily. So no QGIS demo. GIMP worked well and my XAMPP demo worked great (bar the time pressure!) until I had brain freeze and forgot the URL for localhost when loading my freshly made leaflet webmap pulling in lat/long from a local MySQL database. That’s life!! For those that want the slides, they are below. Enjoy!

Footnote: The Army win the prize for the best give-aways on the stall. One great Army Spork in my collection. Hotly followed by OS with their great benchmark tin mug. Back to the trenches!