One of the previous posts requirements was:

The GIS guy needs to know that there is more to GIS than Esri”.

I am working with MapInfo and talked about QGIS yesterday. Today I came across OrbisGIS which appears to be designed to solve environmental modelling questions. This appealed so I downloaded it. Expect my verdict in the future.

I also read an academic journal article on open source GIS. It was nice to read a journal after more than a year away from academia, even if I couldn’t be happier atm to not be locked in the library reading hundreds of them like most students are right now. It’s a little old (2008) but a good summary.