Different people and different organizations act for different reasons. Madagascar can mean a lot of things for a lot of people. Feel free to add below your messages, as text, images or movies, for any category of potential users!
- 1 Individuals
- 2 Corporations
- 3 Why not another open-source package?
- 4 Why not rewrite Madagascar in-house?
Graduate student in small research group
Academic researcher with strong theoretical background
Tightly-run company with managers that never did professional programming
Academic research group or small company
Geophysical services company
Computer hardware company
Geophysical acquisition systems company
Why not another open-source package?
Most of the reasons above apply to any open-source package as well. Madagascar is not the only open-source geophysical package, but it is the only one to provide all the components of a shared research environment as described at the beginning of the Overview. Also, it has an active, diverse community of developers (as opposed to a single owner and a mass of passive users) and its current and future freedom is guaranteed by the GNU General Public License (2 or higher).
Why not rewrite Madagascar in-house?
The Project Cost Calculator on Madagascar's Ohloh metrics page shows the estimated cost for a project of this size. You are getting all this for free!