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

Vaclav Petras wenzeslaus at gmail.com
Thu Jan 29 08:43:46 PST 2015

On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 6:52 AM, Nikos Alexandris <nik at nikosalexandris.net>

> 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. 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.
> I use an XY location for various quick-tests. It's in my generic "grassdb"
> directory, along with the other "projects".

I think that XY is as dangerous as LL for people who don't know or don't
care about projections. I'm talking about the Skip button just because it
was proposed by others. What I propose is well designed startup window with
good description and a way to get some Location and Mapset quickly.

On the MS Windows installer takes care of that by copying demo Location to
newly created grassdata dir in Documents and creating the rc file. Is this
enough? If not why? And do we want to do something similar for cases when
installation is not done by GRASS GIS? If startup detects no grassdata it
could just create the dir and copy the demo Location there, so the only
thing needed is to press Start button.
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