Boundless crossed a line!

Earlier this week I published a more or less positive post concerning Boundless and their ”new” ecosystem of software. All based on Open Source.

I still think the concept is brilliant and more companies should follow. Recent days of marketing in social media and information in brochures, web sites, and more has however left a bad taste in my mouth. Why is that?

I do what I can to support and promote the QGIS project. Reporting bugs, translating the GUI, creating guides, creating videos, develop plug-ins, etc. Many others do a great deal more, including developers at Boundless, but still. I don’t like what Boundless are doing!

Everything could be fine, if they just would tone down the ”Boundless Desktop” brand. Sure you can market the package as Boundless Desktop, but when you repeatedly refer to QGIS as Boundless Desktop, it hurts!

So, please Boundless! Stop re-branding QGIS when it isn’t called for. You are still a great resource for the project and I’m sure you don’t want to anger a lot of other contributers to QGIS.

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One response to “Boundless crossed a line!”

  1. Luigi Pirelli (@Ginetto) says :

    to be more clear, this is Boundless Desktop

    https://connect.boundlessgeo.com/docs/desktop/1.0.0/what_is_bd.html

    some highlight in capital case:

    ”Boundless Desktop is a FULLY SUPPORTED software package prepared by Boundless and available for Windows and Mac OS X platforms. It’s composed of open source geospatial client-side tools and is capable of addressing the most demanding desktop GIS users needs, including spatial analysis, data management, cartography and web publishing.

    Boundless Desktop 1.0 is composed of the following set of open source tools:

    QGIS 2.14 by http://www.qgis.org
    Connect plugin for QGIS by Boundless
    PgAdmin 1.22 by http://www.pgadmin.org
    Qt Designer 4.8 for QGIS by http://www.qt.io
    GDAL/OGR 2.1 by http://www.gdal.org
    (See Boundless Desktop components section for more details on each component)

    Boundless Desktop is also ENHANCED by a SET OF BOUNDLESS-SUPPORTED PLUGINS for QGIS, those are aimed at improving QGIS functionality, but also a better INTEGRATION WITH TWO BOUNDLESS PRODUCT: Boundless SUITE and Boundless EXCHANGE. (See more in Boundless plugins for QGIS)

    The CENTRAL element of our QGIS installation is the BOUNDLESS CONNECT plugin, which acts as a single ENTRY POINT to Boundless technology and content for QGIS. This provides access to Boundless Connect content, which currently includes Boundless-supported plugins.

    Boundless Desktop is not composed solely of zeros and ones! It also comes with the deep technical knowledge and immediate readiness of Boundless experts. From product maintenance and day-to-day online support, whatever are your needs, there is a Boundless support plan suited for you (see more about it in following Boundless Connect page)….”

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