View Full Version : Any GIS users out there...?

October 7th, 2006, 05:11 AM
I'm curious about linux GIS users...does anyone have any experience with Quantum GIS out there? Or perhaps GRASS? What's better, and what would be an easier transition from ESRI products (e.g. ArcGIS).

Thanks in advance!

weekend warrior
October 7th, 2006, 11:39 AM
I actually got my start in Unix years ago with Arc/INFO doing GIS environmental work, but don't do much in it anymore.

With GIS Knoppix (http://www.sourcepole.com/sources/software/gis-knoppix/index.xml) you can try GRASS and others without having to install.

GRASS is used by many institutions, is very flexible and has a large community behind it so learning GRASS well might get you further in that respect. Quantum GIS can be used as a graphical frontend to GRASS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Qgis08_grass6_toolbox.png) to make it a bit friendlier for non-specialists. So the two are complimentary, you can use them both and each has import/export capabilities for ESRI formats.

Of course which is better depends on what you're going to use it for, your level of experience and what your expectations are. But since they're open, free and easily installable there's no reason not to try them both and see which fits your needs best.


October 7th, 2006, 01:14 PM
Try the Science Talk forum here, http://www.ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=169

Maybe a mod can move it ?

October 8th, 2006, 04:29 AM
Thanks for the info...sounds like it's time for me to play around and see where I end up.