While a few days ago it seemed like John Hanke was indicating Google might be content to just use it’s Earth as a backdrop for geobrowsing, today brings a job ad for Google Earth that looks a bit more ambitious:
The Keyhole group is hiring a sales/deployment engineer who will help the Keyhole technology to be adopted by large commercial and government customers.
Some of the more interesting requirements: “Knowledge of GIS technologies is desired including common data formats and applications (ESRI, MapInfo, Oracle Spatial, etc.) is desired” and “Hands-on Linux experience is a must ” and finally “5+ years experience as a […] systems engineering in a UNIX/Linux environment.”
So there does seem to be a will to compete on the high end, but is it possible (and I’m asking because I don’t know) that Google might deliberately choose to provide its enterprise products on a Linux platform while other mainstream GIS vendors like ESRI do Windows? Would that make sense, GIS pros? After all, IBM et al are pushing Linux, so why not run your your GIS on Linux at the enterprise level…