[GIS] Seeking open source GIS platform


I'm looking for an open source GIS server or desktop package that supports as many file formats as possible, is fast, runs on Linux or Mac and can be controlled via an API.

Planning to do very basic editing such as intersects so I guess most GIS platforms will be able to do this.

Does anyone have any recommendations as to a suitable package?

Best Answer

Here's a vote for Quantum GIS with GRASS plugin enabled as your desktop application. (QGIS is available on Windows, MacOS X and Linux). OGR/GDAL will take care of nearly any file format. Store all your data on PostgreSQL/ PostGIS and serve it out with Geoserver.

Link to QGIS API Documentation.