Mapping The Route To A Better Product
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How do you find your way to making a good product even
better? Make it with Red Hat Linux.
That's what Gena Warehouse did. And the GenaMap
software package is now the first product of its kind to be
designed for Red Hat Linux -- on Red Hat Linux.
Genawarehouse website www.genawarehouse.com
Marketing manager Sara Thompson says Gena's developers
enjoy working with Red Hat Linux. "Because the system's so
stable," Sara says, "we find that we can get the work done
much more quickly and efficiently. Stability and reliability is
our number one priority."
GenaMap is open, full-function Geographical Information
System software, and is used widely by the military, in
industry, in urban and municipal planning, in any situation
where extremely detailed mapping is necessary. It's a
powerful tool -- and it needs an operating system that's just
as powerful. In Red Hat Linux, GenaMap has found an ideal
"Our customers really like the speed and stability of running
our software on Red Hat Linux," says Sara. "One customer
reported running up an extremely complicated map in fifteen
seconds -- and he just couldn't believe it worked that fast."
"Topological processing and verifying of 25,000 detailed
topographic maps of varying scale was 7 and 1/2 times faster
on a Pentium III 450mhz PC using Red Hat Linux than on a
Unix Workstation," Sara says. "We've run general timing
tests in our offices processing complex raster maps
containing satellite imagery using NT and Red Hat Linux on
similar PC's and have found that Red Hat is between 5 and 7
One satisfied customer is the city of Bloomington, Indiana.
"We've made a strategic commitment to open source
platforms and solutions for our IT infrastructure," says
Michael Chui, Bloomington's Chief Information Officer, "and
GenaMap works great for us. It's the only GIS out there that's
designed for Linux." An efficient, affordable GIS package is
becoming an essential tool for city governments, helping
officials keep track of zoning, of urban planning, of
In these days of tight city budgets, the system must provide
top value, and cost is one important factor that drew
Michael's attention. "With the savings we're attaining with
Red Hat Linux and our use of Linux-compatible software like
GenaWare, we're able to deploy more redundant hardware.
It's extremely cost-effective -- and it really works for us."
GenaMap 7.2 is the first Red Hat Linux-compatible release
for GenaWare -- and all future versions will be available for
Linux users as well.
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