Talk:World Wind FAQ

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This page is for discussing the FAQ document. (discussions to clarify text, add sections, etc)

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Two issues: 1 The Lat and Lon data for New Plymouth, New Zealand that is accessed in the Search function is incorrect. It should be lat=-39.05819 & lon=174.07835. 2 I suggest that you setup an easier way for the users to provide feedback on the accuracy of the data, particularly outside the USA.



How does one pronounce World Wind? Is it WIND as in blowing air, or WYND as in winding up a toy?

Wind as in air.  :-) --Nosilleg 21:06, 14 Apr 2006 (UTC)

Lake Irie?

Just loaded WorldWind V1.4. Noticed that it insists on calling Lake Erie "Lake Irie". Got a bad spelling in the placenames data. Not sure where to go to report this, so I mention it here hoping someone will forward the issue onto wherever it needs to go.

World Wind setup not a valid Win32 application?

I keep getting this error when I try to install World Wind; can someone help me? 22:20, 25 July 2007 (UTC)

corrupted download probably... try redownloading the installer with another browser/download client --m_k 09:07, 26 July 2007 (UTC)

A BADDDD Error!!!

How can I fix this problem? I got this error:

World Wind Error
A Fatal Error has occurred:
The following error(s) occurred:
Unable to create the Direct3D m_Device3d. 17:03, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

What's your video card? Check if it's supported - Video Card Compatibility and make sure you have Managed DirectX. --m_k 10:27, 20 August 2007 (UTC)

using it

Dear Sir/Mam

I am a new user of this wonder ful software, but i do not know how to zoom in and out

Press + key to zoom in and - to zoom out, you can use your mouse too (wheel, doubleclick or click both buttons and drag the mouse). See Image:Keychart.gif, Keyboard actions and World Wind Walkthrough Tutorial --m_k 19:15, 17 March 2008 (UTC)


On the NOSA, and why the FSF says the license is not free, here is the quote from the GNU website:

The NASA Open Source Agreement, version 1.3, is not a free software license because it includes a provision requiring changes to be your “original creation”. Free software development depends on combining code from third parties, and the NASA license doesn't permit this. We urge you not to use this license. In addition, if you are a United States citizen, please write to NASA and call for the use of a truly free software license.

I am sure that the Free Software Foundation would be willing to work with NASA to help rewrite the license in order to please both parties. Happy5214 02:57, 1 December 2009 (UTC)

Nothing new, really. This topic has been discused ad nauseam. FSF calls NOSA "not free"... they can call it Susan as well (if it makes them happy). I'm sure that some linguist would be willing to work with FSF to help rewrite their definition in order to please common sense. And here is the quote from the NOSA wiki page:
If World Wind code is mixed with other code, this is a derivative product and would necessarily fall under the NASA Open Source Agreement (NOSA). If you create a package (combine versus derived) of World Wind along with other distinct and separately coded entities, be they libraries, modules, applications, etc., that is allowed and remains unaffected by the NOSA.
--m_k 23:28, 1 December 2009 (UTC)

I think what the FSF is concerned about is about Chapter 3, Section G:
Each Contributor represents that that its Modification is believed to be Contributor's original creation and does not violate any existing agreements, regulations, statutes or rules, and further that Contributor has sufficient rights to grant the rights conveyed by this Agreement.
My personal opinion is that NASA does not want a repeat of the SCO/Linux controversy.
Happy5214 22:14, 15 April 2010 (UTC)
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