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Re: [vox] is this too much? [GIS mapping]

On Thu, 15 Nov 2001, Jan Wynholds wrote:

> On the GIS subject:
> Is there any GIS mapping programs for linux (that work like ArcInfo)?  I know
> that previous versions of ArcView and ArcInfo ran in SGI Irix.  
> Does anyone have any experience with GRASS (Geographic Resources Analysis
> Support System)?  I am D/L'ing it now just to play around with it.
> My sister does some GIS work for her classes, and she has been less than
> pleased with ArcInfo.  She says that ArcInfo (even on Irix) is about as
> reliable as any M$ box (pitiful, in other words).  The M$ version was buggy as
> well.
> GIS mapping is big business (a whole wing of a research station for USDA was
> dedicated only to GIS mapping).  What do the penguins use?  Maybe we could do a
> talk about GIS mapping in linux as a meeting topic?  ... just a thought.
> Then maybe the GIS students wouldn't be such a lost cause.

I don't know anything about GIS, but I remember an article in Linux
Journal on it awhile back
(http://www2.linuxjournal.com/lj-issues/issue63/2983.html), and google
found this link: http://www.tenlinks.com/mapgis/products/linux.HTM

> Alexandra Thorn <amthorn@ucdavis.edu> wrote:
> > > 2) CS class programming is virtually always done in UNIX.  Tired of endless
> > > days and nights in EU2's crowded, noisy, artifically-lit basement labs?
> > > With a Linux system, you can get your work done from the comfort of your
> > > own room.
> > 
> > Another cautionary note from grad student in Ag: something unsettling is
> > occurring in the Visualization lab.  As of next Fall, GIS courses will
> > be taught on the latest version of ArcInfo, which is exclusively
> > compatible with Windows.  It is also supposed to be a lot more "user
> > friendly."  To my dismay, *many* of the students in my GIS course look
> > forward to this change with happy excitement, and indeed seem to wonder
> > whether perhaps they should have waited a year to sign up for it.  Do
> > we consider these folks a lost cause?
> > 
> > --Alex
> > 
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