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

Markus Neteler neteler at osgeo.org
Thu Jan 29 00:55:29 PST 2015

On Jan 29, 2015 9:47 AM, "Moritz Lennert" <mlennert at club.worldonline.be>
> On 28/01/15 19:59, Vaclav Petras wrote:
> On 22/01/15 05:29, Vaclav Petras wrote:> A "Skip" button can be added
next to Start button, once implemented. I
> > think that XY location in /tmp/grassdata would be appropriate.
> I'm very strongly opposed to this idea.

I fully agree: xy is a very bad idea.
Also, let's use the home and not /tmp which is on modern systems a tmpfs
directory which is in RAM only and not reboot safe.

> You can be sure that many people will abuse this horribly without knowing
what they are doing.


> In my eyes, GRASS should continue to impose a choice of projection system
before working with data.
> If we want to give people the opportunity to test GRASS, I prefer the
option of a button that downloads and unpacks a very light demo location.

Yes. The winGRASS  installer does that already reasonably. Or, as
suggested, launch latlong rather than xy etc.


> Moritz
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