So for those of you going “HEY I WANT TO USE SOME OF THIS OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE?”. Maybe you can’t install it locally…or maybe you have a spare machine laying around – there’s a way for you to do it.
Download the OSGEOLive image and run it as a virtual machine or boot your computer into the Distribution. It’s a Linux operating system with about 50 plus free and open source geospatial applications.
They put a ton of effort into releasing this as a showcase of the software in the OSGEO realm. So give it a run and test out software you have questions about.