[Ottawa_users] QGIS or OSGEO-LiveDVD on a Mac?
regie.alam at gmail.com
Tue May 1 12:22:10 EDT 2012
Thanks Christy for routing Scott's email.
I found out that QGIS has installers specifically for the Mac. I think i'm
going that route rather than the live-DVD one since the QGIS version there
is not the latest.
Hope this works.
On Apr 30, 2012 7:13 AM, "Christy Nieman" <cnieman at dmsolutions.ca> wrote:
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> The live DVD has installers for Mac or Windows, but what it boots into,
> regardless of whether you're doing it on a Mac or a Windows box, is a Linux
> (ubuntu, or actually xubuntu) environment. Yes, as long as it is an
> Intel-based Mac, it boots fine, same as if you were on a machine that is
> normally based on Windows. Remember, Macs can now boot into Windows, too.
> So... it depends on how you intend them to work. They can install much of
> the OSGEO software under MacOS, OR they can boot into a Linux environment
> using the DVD. One advantage of that is that you can write up identical
> instructions for people no matter what OS they normally use, but in any
> case they will all be in Linux. One can even set up the mac to install
> into the OSGEOlive environment off the hard disc as a dual boot
> configuration, just as one can in a Windows/Linux environment, but that
> case does involve more complications and is probably best for more advanced
> If they have VM software, then it's always possible to set up either a
> Windows or a Linux environment that way, too. If I recall correctly,
> though, whereas VMWAre player is a free option under Windows, I don't think
> they have a free option for MacOS hosts... althought the same company DOES
> sell VMWare for Mac for relatively low cost.
> Hope that helps,
> On 29-Apr-2012, at 17:58 , Regie Alam wrote:
> > Hi Richard,
> > I would love to point them to a VM option but most of them are not
> > that technically-savvy. Almost all don't even know GIS. What I'd like
> > to happen is for them to click one file and then proceed on to what
> > they actually need to do for the project. This was easy for the
> > windows version since all they have to do was click the QGIS
> > installler and then open up the QGIS project file. Once they do that
> > all the data are loaded right away. Having to install the VM might
> > turn them off.
> > I'll see if I can get confirmation on the OSGEO-Live DVD and then
> > will recommend that option for those that have Macs.
> > Regie
> > On Sun, Apr 29, 2012 at 5:43 PM, richard burcher <drownedfrog at gmail.com>
> >> Hi Regie,
> >> I don't have a mac.
> >> Looking at the osgeo live dvd site (
> >> the software has both a windows & mac installer. I would be inclined to
> >> that they should have not problem. Have you pushed them towards the
> >> machine option?
> >> As for accessing the data on harddrive from booted live-dvd. I've
> tested the
> >> older osgeo 5.0 live dvd on windows 7 machine & could access files ok.
> >> Hope this helps,
> >> Richard
> >> On 29 April 2012 16:56, Regie Alam <regie.alam at gmail.com> wrote:
> >>> Hello,
> >>> Does anybody know if QGIS or the OSGEO-Live DVD (which contains
> >>> QGIS) work on a Mac? Are there any other pre-requisites, or is it just
> >>> plug the DVD and play?
> >>> We are currently doing an Ottawa Tree Canopy Cover Project
> >>> (
> >>> using QGIS but a few of our volunteers indicated that they have Macs.
> >>> I don't have access to a Mac computer so I have no way to check. Also,
> >>> we are providing them data (shapefiles, geotiffs) that were created on
> >>> a Windows machine. We're asking them to copy that data on to their
> >>> computers. Would those data still be accessible once they copy those
> >>> on to their Macs and use the OSGEO-Live DVD?
> >>> Thanks very much,
> >>> Regie
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