[GRASSLIST:2793] Re: mailing list for beginners

James Plante jimplante at charter.net
Mon Mar 1 07:05:34 EST 2004

On Mar 1, 2004, at 4:24 AM, Paul Kelly wrote:

> On Sun, 29 Feb 2004, Richard Greenwood wrote:
>> I would not worry about a beginners list just yet. I have found 
>> everyone
>> on this list to be very helpful, and tolerant of novice questions. If 
>> at
>> sometime in the future the volume of traffic on this list became too
>> large, then your suggestion would be logical. But in the mean time, do
>> not hesitate to post beginner questions. Maybe some of us 
>> "intermediate"
>> users will be able to answer your questions, and in so doing, 
>> contribute
>> something back to the GRASS community and show our appreciation for 
>> the
>> help we have received in the past from the "expert" members of the 
>> list.
> That sounds like what I was trying to say but expressed much more 
> clearly :)
> Really I was just saying that questions about NVIZ not working are not
> usually 'beginner's questions' and there is no need for a separate list
> for them.

Well, as a beginner myself, I can say that questions about NVIZ may 
truly be beginners' questions. Being principally a Mac user, I'm not 
fluent with compilation of source code, so I obtained a binary 
installation of GRASS 5.0.3 from OpenOSX. Once I downloaded the 
Spearfish data set to run the tutorials, NVIZ is one of the first 
things I tried after d.rast and d.vec. Worked great. Didn't have much 
of a clue about what I was doing, but the pictures were pretty awesome.

I'm working my way through the book, "Open Source GIS: A GRASS  GIS 
approach," and working some of the tutorials to find out how to use 
this program. Lurking on this list has provided some insight into 
GRASS's capabilities and shortcomingsg, and makes decyphering unix's 
innards worthwhile.

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