[OSM-dev] Cloudmade routing for OSM rails_port site.

Sander Hoentjen sander at hoentjen.eu
Thu Apr 30 10:47:30 BST 2009


On Thu, 2009-04-30 at 09:03 +0100, Nick Black wrote:

> 
> Surely the biggest victory for any open source project is to squash
> its competitors and completely change the game?  Few open source
> projects have achieved this.  In 5 years time, the entire concept
> of proprietary maps created by guys in vans could be a thing of the
> past.  OpenStreetMap and our way of doing things will have completely
> wiped the floor with our competitors.  We can only get to this point
> if we stop thinking of ourselves as a small, specialist community and
> start to think of ourselves as a mainstream movement that caters for
> the needs of everyone - not just the free software world.  
> 
But still, If you want an *open source* project to "squash its
competitors and completely change the game" Then in my opinion you need
to do that with *open source*. So while I do agree with routing being a
good showcase and attraction to the project, I think this project is
only succeeding in it's goals because of the open source nature, and we
need to protect that.






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