[GRASS-dev] [GRASS GIS] #2807: Simplify download options for MS Windows

GRASS GIS trac at osgeo.org
Sat Nov 21 20:29:49 PST 2015

#2807: Simplify download options for MS Windows
 Reporter:  wenzeslaus                           |      Owner:  grass-dev@…
     Type:  enhancement                          |     Status:  new
 Priority:  normal                               |  Milestone:  7.0.3
Component:  Website                              |    Version:  7.0.1
 Keywords:  download, user-friendly, links,      |        CPU:  Unspecified
  WinGRASS                                       |
 Platform:  MSWindows 8                          |
 When downloading GRASS GIS for MS Windows, from the
 [https://grass.osgeo.org/ GRASS GIS main page], user can go to
 [https://grass.osgeo.org/download/software/ms-windows/ Download GRASS GIS
 for MS-Windows] where there is a nice table where one can easily find the
 download link for the latest stable release (it's first). However, instead
 of downloading, user is taken to
 [https://grass.osgeo.org/grass70/binary/mswindows/native/ Index of
 /grass70/binary/mswindows/native] page where there is a list of several

 The links are past releases, MD5 sums and during RC period also RCs. The
 text below doesn't explain any explanation of that. I don't think that RCs
 should be presented together with stable releases without explanation.
 Furthermore, I don't think that common Windows users care about MD5 sums
 (although they are the ones who really should).

 I suggests to replace the bold download link at the
 [https://grass.osgeo.org/download/software/ms-windows/ GRASS download for
 Windows website] by a direct link to the latest release. It would be of
 course nice if there could be some general link (e.g. `WinGRASS-stable-
 Setup.exe`) which would get redirected to the actual file (e.g.

 Under the table there could a be a sentence "See advanced options for
 [https://grass.osgeo.org/grass70/binary/mswindows/native/ 7.0],
 [https://grass.osgeo.org/grass64/binary/mswindows/native/ 6.4] and
 [http://wingrass.fsv.cvut.cz/grass71/ 7.1]." This would be for the
 advanced users which want more information, MD5 sums, RCs, or older

 Trac related: 7.0.2 is now missing in the Version options and also
 MSWindows 10 under Platform; perhaps a general MSWindows would be better.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.osgeo.org/grass/ticket/2807>
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