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

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

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.

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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