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SpatialNews Press Release

GRASS GIS 5.0 beta9 released 6 December 2000


Towards GRASS 5.0 stable the last beta release of GRASS GIS version 5 has been published. More than 1700 changes, additions and improvements have been done on the source code since GRASS 5.0 beta8 in July 2000.

The current version is considered as reliable and stable, however a few bugs are to be done until the GRASS 5.0stable can be released. This is scheduled for Jan. 2001.

Where to get the new release:
http://www.geog.uni-hannover.de/grass/
http://www.baylor.edu/~grass/
on the mirrors soon (Australia (local only)| Italy | Japan | Poland | South Korea | South Korea | Taiwan | Thailand )

The source are available, selected binaries will be build the next days (Linux is ready to download).

The general focus of this release is stability and reliability beside improving the functionality. Major changes are scheduled for GRASS 5.1 (to be started in 2001).

What is GRASS GIS?

Geographic Resources Analysis Support System, commonly referred to as GRASS GIS, is a Geographic Information System (GIS) used for data management, image processing, graphics production, spatial modelling, and visualization of many types of data. It is free software released unter GNU General Public License (GPL).

Platforms supported by GRASS

Linux, Sun Solaris, Sun Solaris/Intel, Silicon Graphics Irix, HP-UX, DEC-Alpha, PowerPC, MacOS X, AIX, BSD, CRAY and other UNIX compliant platforms (32/64bit) (the Windows NT/Cygnus still lacks the graphical driver).

For details please refer to: http://www.geog.uni-hannover.de/grass/general.html

What's new in GRASS 5.0 beta9:

* improved User's convenience

* 60 GIS modules fixed or updated/added

* improved module documentation

* Source Code improvements (excerpt only):

  • new library "gmath": wrapper to support LAPACK/BLAS routines
  • datum shift support: new CoordConv library
  • "libgrass": a new GRASS I/O library is under development
  • Simple automatic GUI builder based on GRASS and python
  • rewritten "configure.in" for autoconf, updated configure
  • GRASS testsuite added added GRASS_environment variables to control settings (Huidae Cho)
  • portability improved

    The full list is available from here:
    freegis.org/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/~checkout~/grass/NEWS.html

    We hope you enjoy the ongoing development

    In case you want to join the developers team, and/or share algorithm or ideas with the GRASS community, don't hesitate to contact us! http://www.geog.uni-hannover.de/grass/grassdevel.html http://www.baylor.edu/~grass/grassdevel.html

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