[GRASS5] Re: GRASS releases
michael.barton at asu.edu
Thu Mar 18 13:36:45 EST 2004
I very much agree with Markus!
I am days at most from finishing the new menus for GRASS 5.3
I am using 5.3 all the time with absolutely no problem. Given the
recent fixes in the Cygwin version, I think it should be released.
I also agree that 5.7 should be released as wide-release beta for GRASS
6. I haven't used it much over the past few months, as I've been
focusing on 5.3 for teaching and menu development. However, I will
certainly be switching my use and efforts to 5.7 in the very near
future. IMHO, the new vector model gives vectors in GRASS the same
high-octane horsepower as the raster model in 5.3. When the last of the
(seemingly very few) bugs are ironed out and the GUI finished, it will
be a very compelling alternative to any GIS on the market. More people
should have a chance to try it out and participate in the beta testing.
A question: given the numbering scheme proposed for the GRASS roadmap,
would the final release of what is now GRASS 5.3 be GRASS 5.4 (odd
numbers being in-development versions, and even numbers being final
On Thursday, March 18, 2004, at 02:45 AM, grass5-request at grass.itc.it
> From: Markus Neteler <neteler at itc.it>
> Date: Wed Mar 17, 2004 5:54:38 AM America/Phoenix
> To: grass5 developers list <grass5 at grass.itc.it>
> Subject: [GRASS5] GRASS releases - some remarks
> Hello developers,
> another time I have received new developed source code
> based on GRASS 5.0 - in this case the internationalization
> of tcltkgrass and NVIZ.
> I feel that we either need a release of 5.3 or that
> we should somehow modify the web pages to make clear
> that new developments should be at least based
> on 5.3 (for vectors: 5.7).
> Also, as posted earlier, I received other comments that
> without an official release (of 5.3) they would stick
> with 5.0.
> Sounds a bit unfortunate to me, so let me put again
> into discussion the suggestion to publish a 5.3.0 version.
> [hey: 5.3 indicates *development*]
> Look at the statistics (only HTTP, rsync/FTP not included):
> -> Top 10 of 59396 Total URLs By KBytes (Feb 2004)
> # hits
> 1 430 /grass5/binary/linux/grass5.0.3_i686-pc-linux-gnu_bin.tar.gz
> 2 353
> 3 283
> 4 388 /grass5/source/grass-5.0.3_src.tar.gz
> 5 173
> 7 104 /grass5/source/grass-5.0.0_src.tar.gz
> 9 62 /grass5/source/grass-5.0.2_src.tar.gz
> I can only see 5.0.x downloads in the TOP10 list.
> While the nice features are in 5.7, most developers work in 5.3
> and the users download 5.0 :-)
> We should improve the situation and make available at least 5.3
> to a wider audience.
Michael Barton, Professor & Curator
Department of Anthropology
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-2402
voice: 480-965-6262; fax: 480-965-7671
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