[GRASS-dev] Making start of GRASS GIS easier for newcomers

Paulo van Breugel p.vanbreugel at gmail.com
Fri Jan 23 02:32:54 PST 2015

On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 11:16 AM, Martin Landa <landa.martin at gmail.com>

> Hi,
> 2015-01-23 9:20 GMT+01:00 Markus Neteler <neteler at osgeo.org>:
> > my motivation to discuss the current welcome screen is that too many
> > potential new users try to launch GRASS, do not get past that screen and
> > walk away ("too difficult"). Yes, and they will likely not read the
> manual
> > but just take another GIS.
> > This is a multiple times reported fact.
> I have met a lot of GIS specialists who told me: I tried several times
> to use GRASS in different decades and I end up with the same result, I
> didn't managed to get my data in, so I gave up.
> It' a sign in my eyes that we should think how to simplify this step ;-)

That isn't a terribly good sign indeed... but, and I am asking, not trying
to counter your argument.. is this not often a result to stricter data
requirements of GRASS rather then difficulty of (start-up) menu's? I know
GRASS reasonably well, but still am sometimes struggling to import a data
layer that opens without problem in QGIS (using the right projection,
etc.). Anyway, that's another subject of course.

> Martin
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