[OSM-dev] [Marble-devel] NOTICE: gazetteer.osm.org being retired

Nic Roets nroets at gmail.com
Wed Sep 1 16:18:41 BST 2010

On Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 4:14 PM, Chris Browet <cbro at semperpax.com> wrote:

>> While I'd completely agree in a business world, don't forget we are FLOSS
> developers working on software in our free time.
> We don't (at least I don't, and I doubt Marble has) have "a server". OSMF
> do.
> Just put a big red sticker on the wiki saying "ABSOLUTELY DO NOT USE OUR
Just because OSMF, KDE and all the little projects are a non-profit, does
not mean they cannot raise money. Last time OSMF raised money for hardware,
the target was reached in 2 days.

And it makes sense to have a few central servers serving many projects. Not
only does it simplify things like applying patches and performance tuning,
but the planet diffs also has a certain amount of fixed processing to them.
All you do is form an association and pool the donations you receive.

And we know that the service will not be swamped overnight by Google users
or some other large site. Those large commercial companies have high
standards, even for their free products. Our data is not good enough and
they will loose too many users if the site gets overloaded.

And while this discussion has been about searching (geocoding) it also
applies to routing. For $12 a day you can rent a pretty nice server.
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