[OSGeo Africa] Fwd: [OSGeo-Discuss] Stable GRASS GIS 6.4.3 released

Gavin Fleming gavinjfleming at gmail.com
Wed Jul 31 00:47:56 PDT 2013

*GRASS GIS 6.4.3 released* - Birthday release for *30 years of GRASS GIS*

http://grass.osgeo.org <http://grass.osgeo.org/>


We are pleased to announce the release of a new stable version of GRASS 
GIS. This release fixes bugs discovered in 6.4.2 version of the program 
and adds a number of new features. This release includes over
830 updates to the source code since 6.4.2. As a stable release series, 
the 6.4 line will enjoy long-term support and incremental enhancements 
while preserving backwards-compatibility with the entire GRASS 6 line.

*Key improvements* of this release include some new functionality 
(assistance for topologically unclean vector data), major speedup for 
some vector modules, fixes in the vector network modules, fixes for the 
wxPython based portable graphical interface (attribute table management, 
wxNVIZ, and Cartographic Composer). A number of new modules have been 
added for processing LANDSAT and MODIS satellite data, and a new vector 
statistics module is also introduced. Many new symbols and north arrows 
are available, and the user will find an improved and easier to use 
wizard for creating custom project locations with precise map projection 
and datum support. Community-contributed add-on modules are now more 
easily and robustly installed from an online archive. Other major 
developments include enhancements to the Python scripting library and 
numerous software-compatibility fixes and translation updates. Important 
is the enhanced portability for MS-Windows (native support, fixes in 
case of missing system DLLs). And we welcome Romanian as our 
twenty-fourth language!

Source code download:

  * http://grass.osgeo.org/grass64/source/
  * http://grass.osgeo.org/grass64/source/grass-6.4.3.tar.gz

Binaries download:

  * winGRASS 6.4.3 standalone installer
  * winGRASS 6.4.3 in OSGeo4W installer
  * Arch Linux <https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/grass64/>
  * openSUSE One-Click installer
  * Ubuntu
  * Mac OS X <http://grass.osgeo.org/download/software/mac-osx/>

  * ... further packages will follow shortly.

To get the GRASS GIS 6.4.3 source code directly from SVN:
  svn checkout 

See also our detailed announcement:

First time users should explore the first steps tutorial 
<http://grass.osgeo.org/documentation/first-time-users> after installation.

*Video of GRASS GIS 6.4 development visualization from 1999 to 2013* 
(with soundtrack)

GRASS GIS 6.4 development visualization from 1999 to 2013 (with 
soundtrack) <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR4_5GSID2A>
GRASS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System) is a *free and open 
source* Geographic Information System (GIS) software suite used for 
geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics and 
map production, spatial modeling, and 3D visualization. GRASS GIS is 
currently used in academic and commercial settings around the world, as 
well as by many governmental agencies and environmental consulting 
companies. GRASS GIS can be used either as a *stand-alone application* 
or as *backend* for other software packages such as QGIS and R 
geostatistics. It is a founding member of the Open Source Geospatial 
Foundation (OSGeo <http://www.osgeo.org/>).

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