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NewsForge: World Wind--An Open Source Alternative to Google Earth

Sep 28, 2005, 21:15 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Willis)

"Few of Google's projects, rumors of projects, and acquisitions have generated as much envy among Linux users as Google Earth. In some respects the search engine behemoth is quite OS-agnostic, but the 3D virtual globe remains limited to Windows desktops only. But there is an alternative. NASA's World Wind project--like Google Earth--is a 3D planetary visualization system that overlays satellite imagery, weather, political, and topological map data. Zoom in and look for your childhood home, fly past your favorite landmarks, study the coastlines for continental drift--you have all of the same options. The only difference is that World Wind is open source..."

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