[GRASS-dev] Brainstorm about new GRASS GIS startup

Markus Neteler neteler at osgeo.org
Fri May 4 13:18:53 PDT 2018

(time to revive this discussion)

On Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 12:33 AM, Moritz Lennert
<mlennert at club.worldonline.be> wrote:
> Le Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:34:58 +0000,
> Stefan Blumentrath <Stefan.Blumentrath at nina.no> a écrit :
>> Hi Moritz,
>> Looks nice.
>> The "Open into a predefined lat-long location but give information
>> message" option seems less involved than the first. Thus if
>> "simplification" is the aim, I would probably continue in that
>> direction. Having lots of choices already at the first startup-screen
>> is probably counter-productive.
> Some even dream of a one-button system...

Three buttons at most:
 in - out - help


>> An example location can be helpful for new users to get the concept
>> in any case. And I would suggest to start the predefined lat-lon
>> location in a mapset other than PERMANENT...
> We discussed this today. I personally agree that using something else
> than PERMANENT is good practice, but at the argument was that this is
> probably not really relevant for first time users and that using
> mapsets is actually already an advanced usage of GRASS.
>> However, the placement of the GISDBASE directory is also an important
>> choice, that is not covert by the current mockups. So, maybe a more
>> wizard like approach might be worth a thought? Right after choosing
>> the GISDBASE dir, there can then be a "let me explore in sample
>> project" button (together with the other main buttons from the first
>> alternative maybe).
> Again, we discussed this today. One suggestion was even to
> automagically create a hidden GISDBASE directory and just create the
> first location there. Again, does a new user really have to worry about
> the location of the GISDBASE ?


>> In any case, I would also consider a "don`t show this message again"
>> checkbox together with a grassrc setting...

This would be nice.

>> For better wiki structure, the page was renamed to:
>> https://trac.osgeo.org/grass/wiki/wxGUIDevelopment/New_Startup


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