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This paper explores the impact of using open source geospatial software for education in general. On one hand, educational institutes are a driving force behind open source software development, on the other hand students, once they have completed their education, are likely to use the software that they know from their studies in their future jobs. Several researchers have proven that many courses that use geospatial software can be entirely taught using open source software. In this paper we present the results of a questionnaire that we sent to several educational institutes throughout the world regarding their usage of open source software, their relation to propriety software companies and also what triggered the change from proprietary software towards open source software.

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