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Government Computer News: What's in an Open-Source Name?

May 03, 2006, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brad Grimes, Joab Jackson)

"Trying to drum up buzz for the mapping software it recently open-sourced, Autodesk Inc. of San Rafael, Calif., created a bit of a muddle by naming its offering after a similar open-source program.

"Late last year, Autodesk released the source code for its MapGuide product, naming it MapServer Enterprise. Unfortunately, the MapServer moniker was already used by another mapping program, a volunteer effort co-sponsored by NASA and overseen by University of Minnesota professor Stephen Lime. Although the two programs share no code, both can position geographically annotated information on Web-based maps..."

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