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    What is the best free/open source GIS software?

    Hello all,

    I work for a non-profit (meaning we have no money) and we are trying to find a free/open source GIS software. After doing some research online, I have narrowed my choices down to either qgis or ILWIS. We will be doing some basic analysis, including finding locations from a list of criteria, proximity analysis, and some topographical views. Which program do you prefer? If you do not like those choices, which would you recommend? Thank you in advance for your input.

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    Sorry Ornery, I have never used either. The last time I used an open source GIS was many many years ago and I'm sure whatever is out there has changed a lot since then.
    I'm assuming you have already checked out the resources available on http://opensourcegis.org/.

    Good luck!
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    qgis is clunky but for what you're talking about doing it should work well. Can't say I've tried ILWIS much. At the time I was still on Vista and it was way too unstable on it. I've heard it doesn't have the same problems on XP or 7 though.

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    As a non-profit, you most likely qualify for software purchase through Techsoup. ArcGIS can be purchased for $185. Personally, I'd try to come up with the money for it than messing with open source software, not because the open software isn't good, but from a compatibility and assistance standpoint.

    http://home.techsoup.org/stock/pages...y=esricategory

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