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Open source/free software for generating a 3D view of mapping?

Is there any software that will generate a 3D view given a DTM/height data and raster mapping, and output an image in a printable resolution? I am looking for something similar to what you'd find in a ...
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What are the FOSS equivalents to these ArcGIS products?

I'm a long-term user of ESRI software, and I now have a need to use free and open source software. I've been reading about Open Layers, PostgreSQL, PostGIS, GeoServer and MapServer but I can't find ...
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Are there open source alternatives to ArcCatalog?

I'm looking for open source alternatives to ArcCatalog. The software should run on both Win and Linux and support the usual file formats (shp, kml, gml, ...) and databases (especially PostGIS, ...
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Rendering overlapping lines

I am making a map containing information about public transportation: busses, trams, etc. The map will have a layer containing for example the tram lines. Each line has its own colour, and is ...
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List of desktop GIS FOSS case studies

I think we should create a list of best desktop GIS FOSS case studies. First of all this list will be useful to anyone who considers desktop GIS FOSS for a project as an viable alternative.
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Examples of thematic mapping web services built with FOSS GIS

What are some current examples of web services serving thematic mapping based on free and open source software? The thematic mapping could be in the form of choropleth or point layers. It would be ...
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Best open source operating system for open source GIS?

I'm wanting to get into open source GIS, and it looks like PostGIS on Postgres is a good DBMS to go with, and there are plenty of posts on desktop editors. What I haven't come across (and forgive me ...
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What are the differences between spatial databases?

What is the difference between Oracle Spatial, PostGIS, SQLServer2008, SpatiaLite, and MySQL in terms of their spatial support. Are there specific use cases where each shines. What might you want to ...
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What are some Free and Open Source GIS Desktop packages

Can someone please give me a list of free and open source GIS desktop packages?