Good review of Mapnik for generating online maps

In my opinion you can’t beat UMN Mapserver or Mapnik for making gorgeous online maps. Mapserver has installed and run for me flawlessly every time I’ve tried it — without days of arguing with it. Mapnik has taken me nearly a week to get running sometimes. But, just like you wouldn’t want to shovel snow with a pitch fork, — always use the right tool for the right job. Mapnik is a focused tool for quickly turning geographic data (think shapefiles) into good looking static images (tiles) for serving to modern internet tiling maps.

If you need something like this (and a few other things) then read this excellent article.

http://mike.teczno.com/notes/mapnik.html

Plus it seems to be a good blog to check out from time to time.