* We are pleased to announce the second release candidate of GRASS GIS
7.0.5 *

*What's new in a nutshell*

The new GRASS GIS 7.0.5RC2 release provides *100 stability fixes and manual
improvements* compared to 7.0.4.

*About GRASS GIS 7*: Its graphical user interface supports the user to make
complex GIS operations as simple as possible. The updated Python interface
to the C library <https://grass.osgeo.org/grass70/manuals/libpython/>
permits users to create new GRASS GIS-Python modules in a simple way while
yet obtaining powerful and fast modules. Furthermore, the libraries
were *significantly
improved for speed and efficiency*, along with support for huge files
<http://grasswiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Category:Massive_data_analysis>. A lot of
effort has been invested to standardize parameter and flag names. Finally,
GRASS GIS 7 comes with a series of *new modules* to analyse raster and
vector data, along with a full temporal framework. For a detailed overview,
see the list of new features
<http://trac.osgeo.org/grass/wiki/Grass7/NewFeatures>. As a stable release
series, 7. enjoys *long-term support*.

*Binaries/Installer download:*

   - winGRASS 7.0.5RC2: 32bit standalone installer
   
<https://grass.osgeo.org/grass70/binary/mswindows/native/x86/WinGRASS-7.0.5RC2-1-Setup-x86.exe>
   | 64bit standalone installer
   
<https://grass.osgeo.org/grass70/binary/mswindows/native/x86_64/WinGRASS-7.0.5RC2-1-Setup-x86_64.exe>
   - winGRASS 7.0.5RC2 OSGeo4W - testing area: 32bit OSGeo4W installer
   <http://download.osgeo.org/osgeo4w/osgeo4w-setup-x86.exe> | 64bit
   OSGeo4W installer
   <http://download.osgeo.org/osgeo4w/osgeo4w-setup-x86_64.exe>
   - ubuntugis-experimental
   <https://launchpad.net/%7Eubuntugis/+archive/ubuntu/ubuntugis-experimental>
   (xenial, trusty)
   - *... further binary packages for various Linux distributions and Mac
   OSX will follow shortly.*

*Source code download:*

   - http://grass.osgeo.org/grass70/source/
   <https://grass.osgeo.org/grass70/source/>
   - http://grass.osgeo.org/grass70/source/grass-7.0.5RC2.tar.gz
   <https://grass.osgeo.org/grass70/source/grass-7.0.5RC2.tar.gz>
   - To get the GRASS GIS 7.0.5RC2 source code directly from SVN, see here
   <http://trac.osgeo.org/grass/wiki/Release/7.0.5-News#SVNSourceCode>.

*More details:*

See also our detailed announcement:
http://trac.osgeo.org/grass/wiki/Release/7.0.5-News
http://trac.osgeo.org/grass/wiki/Grass7/NewFeatures (overview of new 7.0
stable release series)

First time users may explore the first steps tutorial
<https://grass.osgeo.org/documentation/first-time-users> after installation.

*About GRASS GIS*

The Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (http://grass.osgeo.org/)
<http://grass.osgeo.org/>, commonly referred to as GRASS GIS, is an Open
Source Geographic Information System providing powerful raster, vector and
geospatial processing capabilities in a single integrated software suite.
GRASS GIS includes tools for spatial modeling, visualization of raster and
vector data, management and analysis of geospatial data, and the processing
of satellite and aerial imagery. It also provides the capability to produce
sophisticated presentation graphics and hardcopy maps. GRASS GIS has been
translated into about twenty languages and supports a huge array of data
formats. It can be used either as a stand-alone application or as backend
for other software packages such as QGIS and R geostatistics. It is
distributed freely under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).
GRASS GIS is a founding member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation
(OSGeo).

*The GRASS Development Team, September 2016*
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