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Is ESRI's ArcGIS platform of programs available on Ubuntu? I love open source and if I could I would love to try and migrate to this open source OS.

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+1 may be useful gis.stackexchange.com/questions/1642/arcgis-10-on-linux –  Sunil May 7 '13 at 13:13
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If you love open source forget the ESRI (ESRI term is not coming under open source) switch to QGIS +PostGIS .You will enjoy the open source : ) –  Sunil May 7 '13 at 13:19
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I disagree, I took just a little time to use QGIS and now I use ESRI at all, it's worth you time and QGIS can do it all –  Ryan Garnett May 7 '13 at 13:56
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QGIS 1.9 (alpha) has direct Oracle Spatial connection - making ESRI products redundant in our work. –  Mapperz May 7 '13 at 14:27
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ArcGIS - Only Redhat for Linux resources.arcgis.com/en/help/system-requirements/10.1/… –  Mapperz May 7 '13 at 14:29
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At present ArcGIS Desktop is not supported on the Linux platform but you can install Server platform software on Linux such as ArcGIS Server.

For more details please check ESRI FAQ: Will ArcGIS run on Linux?

See also Desktop GIS for Linux (in Linux Journal)

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I love that Linux Journal article. Good find! –  Cody Brown May 7 '13 at 14:24
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Right now, only the backend software is available for Ubuntu (ArcServer, ArcSDK). This is because many enterprise-level companies run Ubuntu, SUSE, or other Linux servers and Windows workstations. However, ArcGIS is not the only fish in the sea. Using free and open-source software, you can do almost everything that ArcGIS can, and a number of things that it can't. If you already know how to use ArcMap, the learning curve going to Quantum GIS or others is a lot less steep than you might expect.

I personally use an open source software stack on Ubuntu for a lot of my work. Once I have time to learn the Python syntax for Quantum GIS, I may leave ArcMap behind.

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I've used QGIS sporadically over the last year when ArcGIS fails me. I do enjoy it, but I'm in a very face paced job where quick turn-around's are everything. The time it would take me to do something in QGIS compared to ArcGIS isn't time I can afford. Either way, thanks for the answer, I may spend some free time learning QGIS better. –  Cody Brown May 7 '13 at 13:20
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QGIS 1.9 (2.0) with direct editing with Oracle Spatial Connection is improving our workflow - now we do not need ESRI products. –  Mapperz May 7 '13 at 14:52
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@Mapperz that's great : ) –  Sunil May 7 '13 at 17:33
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