[GRASS-dev] call for volunteers - urgent need for Windows Vista binaries

Wolf Bergenheim wolf+grass at bergenheim.net
Thu Mar 26 15:40:28 EDT 2009


How about making it a Summer of Code project, perhaps we can find some
windows programmer who wants to help us?


On 26.03.2009 21:21, Michael Barton wrote:
> Whether you like it or not, it is nearly impossible to get a new PC
> without Windows Vista today. If we want GRASS to be accessible to
> Windows users, we need to have versions that run under Vista.
> Over the past year, the development team have worked to solve many
> issues that kept GRASS from running under Vista in the past. The only
> problem now is that there are no Windows Vista binaries for users.
> Furthermore, there is no current stand-alone Windows binary for GRASS at
> all.
> Marco Pasetti made a very nice Windows installer for 6.3 last year, but
> is unable to continue this work.
> Other folks in OSGEO have created OSGEO4W with a number of packages.
> However, GRASS is in the 'advanced' section--and it is not clear what
> libraries need to be downloaded with it--and it cannot be installed
> stand-alone.
> Also, as far as I can tell, the OSGEO4W binary is compiled with Windows
> XP. It opens in Vista but various modules insidiously fail (e.g.
> r.patch, v.patch, v.what.rast, and others). Anyone who installs GRASS
> under Windows Vista will perceive it as a very buggy and semi-functional
> program.
> So if we are serious about making GRASS as cross-platform as we claim,
> we need some windows knowledgeable volunteers who can 1) help the
> OSGEO4W team create a Vista version and 2) produce binary versions of
> GRASS for XP and Vista to go along with the current Linux and Mac
> versions. The current GRASS dev team has done a fantastic job over the
> past 2 years of making GRASS compilable under Windows, but are working
> hard on maintaining and developing the module and interface code.
> So we really need some new volunteers to tackle maintaining Windows
> binaries. Is there anyone able to take this on?
> Michael
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