January 19, 2006

Mapserver Enterprise (Tux) now branded as MapGuide Open Source

Recent information supplied by Autodesk has informed us that the company has changed the name of MapServer Enterprise (Previously code named “Tux”)... enter MapGuide Open Source:  Open source version. New names of various flavors are to include:
new names are of the various versions of it are as follows:
  • Autodesk MapGuide® Enterprise 2007:  Commercial version (available later this year)
  • Autodesk MapGuide® Studio 2007:  Commercial authoring tool (available later this year)

According to the company there were two reasons for the decision.  The existing open source web mapping community voiced concern about confusion over the existing MapServer project and Autodesk’s web mapping product.  Also, the current MapGuide customers and partners communicated they would prefer a name and a brand that they know well and identify with.  Online discussions (See the mapserver discussion list )are underway to find a new name for the MapServer Foundation, which is now seeking other open source geospatial projects to join the effort. Reminder - the MapServer Foundation and members of the open source geospatial community are scheduled to meet February 4th in Chicago. See also http://www.mapserverfoundation.org & http://lists.mapserverfoundation.org/pipermail/discuss/

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