Andreas.Holz at oi32.kwu.siemens.de
Tue Mar 5 05:42:28 EST 1996
Dear GRASS users and programmers,
a lot of thanks to all, who bought the GRASS CD for Linux and
gave me support for my "GRASS for Linux on CD" project. There
are only a few CD's available.
I'm planning a new release for Linux based on the new
Linux ELF format, but I won't release the CD before
fall or winter 96, because I have to finish my PhD, I'm
moving from south Germany to northeast and I'll start
a job at a GIS-related office.
In connection with the CD there will be available a book
on GIS, esp. using GRASS, because there is no good and
practical book on GIS available, from my knowledge.
The new GRASS release will be much more stable ab bug free
than the current CD.
All users of the current CD wil get the new one for a special price.
I was very surprised, when I read about the GRASS development
shutdown, because I thought, there will be a new GRASS release,
called GRASS 5.0 in Winter 95! This means, there will be no
maintained free GIS availabe on the market!
I think, now is the time to create a public project to
maintain and to enhance the GRASS code in the future.
I propose to create a "Free Gis Foundation" similar to the
Linux project to:
- manage the code
- debug the code
- enhance GRASS
- create a modern user-interface
- coordinate the development
- manage a ftp-server
- manage a GRASS www server
.. and Your ideas
And some questions to CERL:
- what will be the state of GRASS-code after
the shutdown of development
- will the code be free in the future
- who will get the rights to distribute
David Mandel, Linux Activist dmandel at transport.com
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